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Repeated interventions towards weight reduction by adopting multidimensional approach through health education in urban slum area of Mysore city

Smitha M C, Srinivas B M, Rama H V, Narayana Murthy M R, Nayana Shahbadi, Renuka Manjunath.


Background: With the increased burden of Non - Communicable diseases in the world and with obesity being one of the most common risk factor of all the NCD’s, our study was undertaken to curtail this risk factor by a simple, repeated intervention through health education.

Objectives: (1)To achieve control/reduction in the weight among adult women by monthly educational intervention and (2) To determine the role of each monthly intervention on weight control /reduction among the same group.

Material and Method: The study was carried out an urban slum area of Mysore city with subjects being women of self- help group. Baseline BMI was calculated. Intervention on weight reduction was given in the form of repeated health education with multi-dimensional approach towards weight reduction for a period of four months and every month progress assessed by measuring weight and calculation BMI.

Results: 19 participants (51.3%) achieved weight reduction, 11(29.7%) maintained their weight and 7 participants (18.9%) Gained weight. Intervention in the form of health education related to nutrition was found to have a significant impact on weight reduction (p – value < 0.001).

Conclusion: Community based Near to house and culturally acceptable Health education has impact in controlling as well as reducing Weight.

Key words: Non Communicable diseases, Heath education, Weight reduction, Intervention

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