Perimenopausal obesity is a particular problem in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This study examined the culturally specific views of perimenopausal GCC women, and the causes and processes of midlife weight gain using a qualitative descriptive design with semistructured interviewing and content analysis. Constructs derived from the health belief model and Kleiman's explanatory model were used to identify and sort themes into conceptual categories. The findings of this study suggest that weight-management program plans targeting perimenopausal GCC women should take into consideration the multiple levels of factors and cultural influences on their behavior.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions(all)