Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Female Fertility and the Body Fat Connection collects
and chronicles for a general audience the scientific work of Rose Frisch,
PhD. Since the late 1960s Dr Frisch has studied the influence of weight, body
fat, and nutrition on the reproductive health of women. Her early publications
on weight and body fat as determinants of the onset of menarche and on delayed
menarche and amenorrhea in ballet dancers and other athletes have stimulated
interest in this area of research. Her continued commitment to understanding
the role of nutrition and body fat in reproductive health led her to study
exercise and the risk of breast cancer. She has also studied the effect of
nutrition on population growth. In a simple but scholarly fashion, the author
supports her contention that body fat and nutrition exert powerful controls
over many important aspects of a woman's reproductive life.
Marshall LA. Female Health. JAMA. 2004;291(1):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.113