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Self-Treatment with anti-Obesity medications in Overweight and Obese Women in Tehran-Iran

Author Affiliations

  • 1Health Care Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, IRAN
  • 2 Research Committee, Faculty of Nutrition, Tabriz University of Medical Science, Tabriz, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (10), Pages 23-27, October,2 (2014)


Following the failure of long-term weight loss diet and media advertisements about anti-obesity medications, taking anti-obesity drugs are increasing. The aims of present study were to determine the prevalence ofself-medication, correlations between self-medication and general characteristic and ways to obtain information about anti-obesity drugs in overweight and obese women. A cross-sectional study was carried on 200 overweight and obese women (Body Mass Index=28.36±3.73 kg/m2) aged 20-50 years from April to December 2012. A questionnaire which contained socio-demographic, life styles, self diet management and self medication items was filled out and anthropometric indices were measured. SPSS software version 16 was applied for Statistical analysis. Pv<0.05 was considered significant. 54.45% of participants had self-diet management during the last six months. 12.87% of women reported self-medication without weight loss diet. Self-medication in younger was significantly more than older women (Pv=0.01). No significant correlation was observed between income, education and BMI with self medication (Pv<0.05). However a significant correlation was observed between age and self medication (r=0.23, Pv=0.01). Most of the subjects, especially younger women mentioned self-medication for faster losing weight and fitness (64.35%). Herbal supplements were the most commonly used medications in subjects (32.35%). About 60% of women reported that friends and relatives were the main sources of receiving information about anti-obesity drugs. Self-treatment among women in Tehran-Iran is of concern,due to the highprevalence of self-diet management and tendency of younger women to self-medication for getting body image satisfaction.


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