International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition

International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition


International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition
International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)

Food habits and nutritional profile of menopausal women: A study in urban area


Dr. Chandrashree Lenka, Swagatika Sundaray

Menopause is one of the most challenging period for every women. Balanced diet and healthy life style has a great bearing on their future health. The objectives of the present investigation was to study the food and nutrient intake of the menopausal women and to assess their health status. The study was carried out in Bhubaneswar city of Odisha. One hundred peri and post menopausal women belonged to 40-65 years of age group were selected by random purposive sampling method. The data was collected by interview method with the help of structured and validated questionnaire. Diet survey was done with the help of 24 hours recall method. Height and weight of the respondents was measured with the help of required tools and BMI was computed. The results of the study revealed that majority of the respondents belonged to the age group of 45-55 years having mean age at menopause was 47.6+5.36. 59% of them were homemakers and belonged to middle income family. Majority of them were non vegetarians and preferred fried food. Actual mean food and nutrient intake of the respondents was found to be more than RDA which may be due to their eating habits and economic status. BMI of the respondents showed that 48% were overweight and8% were obese. Health problems like Thyroid, High Blood Pressure, Bad Cholesterol and obesity etc. was found among majority of the respondents. Thus regular exercise, health monitoring and nutrition education is highly essential for middle age women to prevent future health complications.
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Dr. Chandrashree Lenka, Swagatika Sundaray. Food habits and nutritional profile of menopausal women: A study in urban area. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 106-108
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