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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


MOURE FERNANDEZ, L.; ANTOLIN RODRIGUEZ, R.; PUIALTO DURAN, M.J.  and  SALGADO ALVAREZ, C.. Eating habits in women with relation to their knowledge level of climaterio. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2010, n.20. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objectives: Knowing the behaviors related to food and toxic habits of women aged 30-60 years in the health area of Vigo. Determine whether menopausal women have healthier behaviors than non menopausal ones. Identify whether any of the socio-demographic variables has an influence on feeding habits or toxic behaviors. Determine whether women with high-very high knowledge have proper habits. Methods: Comparative, observational cross study made of 425 women between 30 and 60 years of age. We used a booklet with personally answered questionnaires, one about menopause and the other about feeding behaviors during the climacteric stage, which includes socio-demographic variables. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS 14.0. Results: A result of 74.3% of the women in the sample has a high/very high level of knowledge but behaviors that do not correlate with this. Conclusions: Women know what they must do to maintain a healthy life, but the majority does not put this into practice. We think it is necessary to introduce in health centers a program about the climacteric stage, coordinated by nurses and midwives and focused on applying to daily life the knowledge that women already have, with the aim of helping them to achieve a better quality of life. This study is part of a wider research on "Knowledge and behaviors related to climacteric stage in women between 30 and 60 years of age in the health area of Vigo sponsored by the "Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias" (Spanish Health Research Fund) in 2007.

Keywords : Climacteric; Menopause; Eating Habits; Knowledge.

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