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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 159-163

Effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication on Prevention of Obesity in Young Adolescents

Dr. M. Vaijayanthimala1, Dr. Maheswari Jaikumar2

1Prof & Vice Principal, Meenakshi College of Nursing, MAHER, Chennai.
2Prof & Principal, Meenakshi College of Nursing, MAHER, Chennai.

Corresponding Author: Dr. M. Vaijayanthimala


Background: Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health. In 2016, 39% of adults aged 18 years and over (39% of men and 40% of women) were overweight. Overall, about 13% of world adult populations [11% of men and 15% of women] were obese in 2016.
Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of Information, Education and Communication on prevention of obesity among young adult and adolescent among nursing students before and after structured teaching programme and to find out the relationship between the level of knowledge regarding prevention of obesity in pretest and posttest .
Methodology: A Quasi Experimental Design was carried out in the study the sample comprised of 50 students who were selected by purposive sampling technique. The tool comprises of demographic profile and 30 multiple choice questionnaire. Reliability of the tool was checked by using multiple choice questionnaire. The data were analyzed by using structured questionnaire. The data was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: There is significant association between the knowledge and the selected demographic variables.
Conclusion: Obesity in adolescents and children has raised to significant levels globally with serious public health consequences. The findings of the study concluded that IEC was very effective in improving the knowledge of the students on prevention of obesity.

Key words: Knowledge, Effectiveness, Obesity, Nursing Students

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