Prevalence of Perceived Stress and Obesity among Women Before and After Menopause

*, Ammu Somanath and Bhat, Ramesh M and *, Nayanatara AK and Pai, Sheila R (2015) Prevalence of Perceived Stress and Obesity among Women Before and After Menopause. Journal of Medical Science and Clinical Research, 3 (7). pp. 6534-6537. ISSN (e)-2347-176x

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Abstract

Background: Menopause is one of the critical periods of a women’s life during which weight gain and onset or worsening of obesity are favored. At this period the prevalence of obesity is the highest. Aim: The present study aims to find out the effect of menopause on perceived stress and obesity among women. Material and Methods: A total of 45 female subjects constituting premenopausal women between the age group of 18–44 years and post-menopausal women between the age group of 45–60 years was included as sample. Participants were categorized into overweight/obese groups based on the body mass index overweight/obese group, BMI ≥ 25 in each group. The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) the major tool was used for measuring the perception of stress. Chi Square Test was used for comparing the stress and obesity of women before and after menopause. Results: Percentage of women with stress (88.8%) is much greater after menopause compared to those without stress. But the percentage of women with stress before menopause is more or less equal to those without stress. Further, menopause has significant effect on perceived stress (x2 = 6.67, p < 0.01) among women but has no effect on obesity of women (x2 = 1.57, p< 0.05) Conclusion: Healthy lifestyles has to be recommended to prevent postmenopausal stress

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceived stress, obesity, stress, menopause
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Physiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 16:41
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2015 16:41
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143971

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