Prevalence of fear of fall in perimenopausal overweight and obese women between 40-50 years of age


  • Chaitali Kirtane Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, M. A. Rangoonwala College of Physiotherapy and Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Ankita Talreja Consultant Physiotherapist, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Mamta Chainani Department of Community-Physiotherapy, M. A. Rangoonwala College of Physiotherapy and Research, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Snehalata Tembhurne Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MAEERs Physiotherapy College, Pune, Maharashtra, India



Perimenopausal women, Overweight, Obese, Falls


Background: The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, coupled with their association with disability, and disease has main to their identification as a major, potentially preventable cause of premature morbidity and late sequalae as death. Obesity not only increases the risk of falls, but also the fear of falling resulting postural fluctuations and loss of balance even if there is not any history of falls. The aim of the study is to find the prevalence for fear of fall in perimenopausal overweight and obese women between 40-50 years of age

Methods: It was a cross-sectional study of 89 overweight and obese perimenopausal women between 40-50 years of age. Perceived weight was documented, body mass index was calculated and modified fall efficacy scale were used to evaluate the fear of fall.

Results: As there was more fear of fall while using rare steps and while crossing the road and while using the public transport in perimenopausal obese women. Whereas there was fear of fall while using rare steps and while doing shopping in perimenopausal overweight women.

Conclusions: The study concludes positive prevalence of fear of fall among obese and overweight perimenopausal women. Less confidence was noted in activities like using front or rear steps at home, crossing road, using public transport and simple shopping.


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