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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 9  |  Issue: 11  |  Page No.: 1047 - 1051

Contribution of Nutrition Education in Dietary Habits of Overweight and Obese Females in Hathras City (U.P.)

Sushma Yadav and Anita Singh    

Abstract: The present study was carried out (1) to provide nutrition education to the overweight and obese females and (2) to evaluate impact of nutrition education on their food habit and practices of physical exercise. The data were collected with the help of "Questionnaire cum Interview Technique." The questionnaire having all relevant information was pretested and pre designed the data were collected at two phases: one at initial phase of the study before implementation of nutrition education and secondly at post phase of the nutrition education. The base line study was conducted on 300 overweight and obese females purposely selected from four areas of the city. Equal number of subjects (one hundred each) were considered from high, middle and low income groups. Due to various constraints the nutrition education was imparted to 150 subject only. The inferences were drawn with the help of suitable statistical tools. Majority of the females were vegetarian (95.33%) at the initial phase of the study, but there was no change in this habit after imparting the nutrition education (p>0.05NS). So for as consumptions of food items and practices of physical exercise were concerned, there were significant changes (p<0.05). Practicing of good food habits were developed and consumption of sweet dishes, fatty fried items and cold drinks were discouraged.

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