Risk of obesity and health, body mass index and food consumption pattern of market women in rivers state, Nigeria
Overnight and obesity has been declared a global endemic and linked to nutrition malnutrition in developing countries. This study assess the nutritional status and risk of obesity among market women in Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria. A total of 150 women were selected for the study. Data were collected using a pre-tested semi structured questionnaire from WHO step-wise approach to surveillance instrument. Anthropometric measurements (weight and Height) were conducted using standard procedures. Body mass index (BMI) were assessed and computed with WHO standard. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The result shows that 45.3% of the Women were between the ages of 30-39, majority (77.3%) ate three times daily. BMI classification revealed that 25.2%, 29.2% and 41.6% were normal, overweight and obese, respectively in conclusion over weight and obesity rate were high, low physical activity and sedentary life style were observed. The result revealed that the women health were affected by overweight and obesity. There is need for nutrition education for the women, however, the women belief that overweight and obesity shows sign of wealth.