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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: December | Volume: 7 | Issue: 12 | Pages: 200-206

Prevalence of Obesity among Pre-Menopausal and Post-Menopausal Females in Jammu

Harmanjot Kaur1, Roopjot Kochar2

1University School of Hotel Management, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India
2Ayurvedic Physician and Nutritionist, Khanna-141401

Corresponding Author: Harmanjot Kaur


Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. It is one of the most serious problems of the 21st century. Obesity now days have become the biggest health problem, which not only affects a person physically but psychologically also and has become an epidemic in many parts of the world. Obesity can occur due to energy imbalance which results in gradual weight gain over a considerable period of time. Before menopause, majority of women tend to gain weight slowly whereas after menopause there appears to be an accelerated increase in body fat that too in the abdomen region of the body. The absence of estrogen may be an important triggering factor for increasing obesity in menopausal women. Thus, the present study has been planned to observe the prevalence of obesity among pre-menopausal and post-menopausal females in different localities of Jammu. Obesity has been identified by calculating BMI and waist height ratio for the selected females. It has concluded from the present study results that the prevalence of obesity is higher among pre-menopausal females while the mean BMI is higher among the post-menopausal females and there is statistically significant association between obesity and the menopausal status of the selected females.

Key words: Obesity, Pre-menopausal, Post-menopausal, BMI, Waist height ratio

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