Prevalence of Overweight/Obesity among Adolescents in Urban and Rural Areas of Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India

B Bhuvaneswari

Assistant Professor, Department of Home Science, Sri Meenakshi Government Arts College for Women (A), Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

S Parameshwari

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

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Reviewer’s Comments to Authors

The research paper has been done with a view to give an analytical study on the prevalence of overweight/obesity among adolescents in urban and rural areas of Madurai district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is a cross-sectional analysis from 123 respondents (school going adolescent girls). The study period was 2 months (November – December, 2017).

Major Comments

  1. In the methodology column it’s mentioned that the respondents of the study is 123 adolescent girls, but in the analysis there were the information about the male and female respondents. Author of the paper should give clear data about the respondents. If the words are missing that should be corrected.
  2. In abstract portion the information on prevalence of rural and urban obesity detail in the area of Surat and Gujarat. But the area of the study is Madurai district particularly East Anna Nagar. So the author should give the information about the Madurai district not of Surat and Gujarat.
  3. Very important part of any research study is objective. This paper is not framed with any objective it seems. There is no any objective of the study in any part of the paper. Without objective a research study will not be a complete one. So, the researcher has to add objectives of the study.
  4. There is no information on why the East Anna Nagar of the total Madurai District has selected for the study. Researcher can give the sampling technique adopted for the area of the study and sampling population (particularly 123 respondents)
  5. No equal selection of respondents from rural (76 respondents) and urban (47 respondents) area of the study. It creates the doubt of the result will not be moderate. So the researcher has to give justification for selecting such unequal respondents from rural and urban areas.
  6. The study is incomplete without the conclusion part. The author should give the conclusion out of the findings from the study for the complete view of the paper.

Minor Comments

  1. No vast interpretation is required as it is an article paper. The major findings of each table can be given for attractive view of study from the readers.
  2. There was no mention of the limitations of the study, one of which is the apparently high dropout rate. Also, mention how your results compare to (reference given to author) another study which was published very recently.
  3. There is no information on the review of related literatures and references. If this study is first hand study the researcher should produce valid proof or can include the reference details on the study.
  4. For every reference individual footnote can be created for the easy identification of reference sources.

Associate Editor’s Critique

The study has several strengths where there was some major weakness also. The very important needed information of the study like objectives of the study, research methodology used and conclusion are missing. The author should include all the needed information for the study to strengthen the value of the paper.

Constructiveness of Comments

The review committee has given the constructive comments to the author /researcher.

Level of Detail of the Review

The review is fairly detailed, but the reviewer missed data inconsistence in the required field. There are major corrections to be taken place before the final review.

Substantiation of Comments

The reviewer made comments on the paper with references.

Was the Review Biased?

The study was reviewed under ‘nil’ biased basis.

Recommendation from the Reviewer

I recommend that, this paper be accepted after the above mentioned minor revisions.