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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 6
First page : (1457) Last page : (1464)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5569

Influence of Weight on Health Status and Menopausal Problems of Rural and Urban Postmenopausal Women

Deepa Kannur1* and Sunanda Itagi2
1Research Scholar, 2Associate Professor,   
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Rural Home Science,
UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: ushakiran.b@icar.gov.in
Received: 31.08.2017  |  Revised: 28.09.2017   |  Accepted: 5.10.2017  


Aim of the study is to assess the influence of weight status on health status and menopausal problems of rural and urban postmenopausal women. In the study 80 rural and 80 urban postmenopausal women belonged to 40-55 years age were randomly selected from 8 villages and 2 cities of Dharwad and Bagalkote District. The postmenopausal symptoms were measured using Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) by Berlin (1992). Health status was measured using PGI-N2 questionnaire by Wig and Verma (1978). The Results revealed that average age of menopause was 47 years in the present study. 42.50 Per cent of the rural women had ideal body weight and 50 Per cent of urban women belonged to overweight category in Dharwad district and similar trend was observed in Bagalkote district. 60 Per cent of rural women had moderate and 27.50 Per cent of them expressed severe menopausal symptoms. While in urban, 50 Per cent, 37.50 Per cent of the women suffered from moderate and mild menopausal symptoms respectively. In health status, 60 Per cent of the rural women had moderately affected and 25 Per cent severely affected health status. Where as in urban, 47.50 Per cent and 37.50 Per cent of them indicated moderately and mildly affected health status respectively. There was significant difference between rural and urban women in health status and menopausal symptoms. It revealed that rural women suffered more from health problems and menopausal symptoms compared to urban women. There was significant association observed between weight status (BMI) and menopausal symptoms among rural and urban women of both districts indicating increase in body weight increased menopausal symptoms. There was significant association reported between health status and weight status in rural women of Dharwad and rural and urban women of Bagalkote district. This indicated that women who had heavy body weight suffered more from health problems. Concluded that Weight status was significantly influencing on health problems and menopausal symptoms. Hence there is a need of educational empowerment of women with regard to weight control, healthy and nutritious diet during menopausal period.

Key words: Weight status, Health status, Menopausal symptoms

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Cite this article: Kannur, D. and Itagi, S., Influence of weight on health status and menopausal problems of rural and urban postmenopausal women , Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(6): 1457-1464 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5569