Effectiveness of yoga on obesity among obese women in selected rural areas

Rajeswari, G (2011) Effectiveness of yoga on obesity among obese women in selected rural areas. Masters thesis, Sacred Heart Nursing College, Madurai.


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A study “to assess the effectiveness of Yoga on obesity among obese women residing in selected rural areas in Madurai”. Objectives: To identify the prevalence of obesity among women and to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga on obesity. Study Design: Non-equivalent pre test post test control group design. Sampling Technique: Convenient sampling technique was used to select Chandraleka nagar as a experimental group and Indira nagar as a control group. Setting: The study was conducted in two selected areas in Madurai. Chandraleka nagar and Indira nagar) Participants: 60 obese women in the age of 20-50 years from two rural areas of Madurai. Tool: Boby Mass Index (BMI) was assessed by checking height and weight. Intervention: Yoga therapy was implemented for experimental group including Paschimootannasana, Pada hastasana, Bhujangasana, Halasanas, Dhanurasana and Anuloma Villoma. 30 minutes session a day over 4 weeks. Statistical analysis: Obtained data analyzed in terms of both descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: Findings showed that, the overall prevalence of obesity was 44.21%. In pretest, 28 women (93.33%) were in obesity class I and 2 women (6.66%) were in obesity class II. Whereas in posttest 2 women (6.66%), from obesity class I, they reached pre-obesity ie overweight and 1 women from obesity class II, they reached obesity class I. But in control group, the obesity class remaining unchanged. But all the subjects had reduction in weight in post test, for 2 subjects (6.66%) there was a reduction of weight about 400 grams and 9 subjects (30%), there was a reduction of weight up to 400-700 grams and 19 subjects (63.33%) there was a reduction of weight up to 700-900 grams. The mean post test BMI score 32.06 of experimental group was lower than the mean post test BMI score of 33.28 of control group with a ‘t’ value 2.38. There was no association between the BMI score and demographic variables. Conclusions: The increasing trend of the modern day epidemic of obesity in women calls for immediate action even in rural areas also to reduce the incidence through appropriate yoga intervention. Interventions to increase physical activity among women are needed to address the problems of physical inactivity and obesity in that population.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yoga; Obesity; Obese Women; Rural Areas
Subjects: NURSING > Community Health Nursing
Depositing User: Ramakrishnan J
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 11:12
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 11:12
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/4672

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