A study to identify the prevalence of obesity among housewives in Mappedu
Karpagam K, Karthick D and Marieswari B
Introduction: Obesity is a major public health problem in developed countries especially in the United states, with one third to one half of house wives affected. Nowadays, it also occurs in the developing countries. Obesity is associated with five out of ten leading causes of death and disability such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and stroke. Obesity is now among the leading factor for global morbidity and mortality. In Tamil Nadu 2.5million housewives mostly caused by obesity. In rural area 75% of the housewives caused by the obesity due to decrease physical activity.
Aim: The present study aims to identify the prevalence and obesity among housewives in Mappedu.
Methodology: A cross sectional descriptive research design was conducted among 50 obese Housewife by using convenience sampling technique. The samples were gathered and demographic data was assessed using structured interview questionnaire. Weight was measured using weighing machine and BMI calculated and noted in BMI chart.
Result: Among 50 House wives, 20% were underweight, 24% in the normal category, 44% were come under over weight, 8% were obese class I, 4% were obese class II.
Conclusion: Households does not have adequate knowledge in maintaining their health. Most of the households belong to underweight category and under nutrition.