IJCRR - 5(3), February, 2013
STUDY OF OBESITY AND ITS RISK FACTORS AMONG WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE GROUP
Author: Shashidhar Basagoudar, Chandrashekhar R.
Objectives: 1. To find out the proportion of overweight or obesity among women of reproductive age group. 2. To find the association between various socio-demographic factors and overweight or obesity. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study conducted among ever married women of reproductive age group who have attended the Urban health training centre during the study period of six month. Data was collected by direct interview through prestructured questionnaire and anthropometric measurement. Results: Among the 244 women studied 11.9% were having overweight, 9.9% were obese, 20.1% were underweight and only 58.2% of the women were having normal BMI. Overweight or obesity was significantly more among those women who were eating junk foods regularly, watch television while eating and those with mild to moderate physical activity. There was significant association between family history and overweight. There was no significant association between religion, type of family and type of diet with overweight. Overweight was more common in literates compared to illiterates and proportion of being overweight increases with higher socioeconomic status. Conclusion: Overweight or obesity is one of the major problems even in those areas with high prevalence of undernourishment. Physical inactivity and the dietary factors are the major risk factors for such high proportion of overweight or obesity.
Keywords: obesity, overweight, reproductive age, BMI
Shashidhar Basagoudar, Chandrashekhar R.. STUDY OF OBESITY AND ITS RISK FACTORS AMONG WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE GROUP International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(3), February, 23-28
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