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Books, Journals, New Media
January 7, 2004

Female Health

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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.

JAMA. 2004;291(1):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.113

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.

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