Suvarna Hebbar

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Qualification: M.Sc (Human Development) PG Diploma ( Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics)


    • Teaching Undergraduate Students.
    •  Incharge Clinical Dietician.
    • Nutrition Instructor Angawadi Centre Manipal.


Subject Semester / Year
Therapeutic practice in food and nutrition - II 2nd Semester
Medical nutrition therapy - II 4th Semester
Clinical practice in medical nutrition therapy - II 4th Semester
Food preservation 6th Semester


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MSc Human Development Manasa Gangothri, Mysore 1997
P G Diploma Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics Manasa Gangothri, Mysore 2008


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi HOD Lecturer, Department of Home Science 9 Years
Kasturba Hospital, Manipal Incharge Dietician Incharge,Dept of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics,KH,Manipal 9 years
MCHP Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Course coordinator Dept. of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, MCHP, Manipal 16 Months

“To Evaluate the Association of Fibre Intake and Physical Activity on Obesity among Women aged 35-65 Years”Zeichen Journal ISSN No: 0932-4747

Nutrition Suvarna Hebbar JoniyaGalbao Rachitha

Obesity is a major contributor to the worldwide burden of chronic illnesses and is one of the twin burdens of malnutrition. Today, more people are fat than underweight. Physical exercise and consuming high-quality dietary fibre enhances a person's overall health. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of fibre intake and physical activity on obesity among women aged 35-65 years. This was a hospital-based crosssectional research with 564 participants aged 35 to 65 years. A systematic interview schedule was used to examine socio-demographic data, biochemistry history, and lifestyle habits. Dietary queries were performed using a 3-day 24-hour meal recall and food frequency questionnaire, and nutritional score was determined using the DietCal version 6.3 software. The Global Physical Activity Questionnaire was used to measure physical activity. The data was analysed with the SPSS software (version 16.0). According to the study, the majority of the subjects (55.5 percent) were obese, followed by the overweight (19.7%). Nutrient adequacy ratio revealed that the majority of the participant's energy (56.9%), carbohydrate (58.3%) and total fat (62.2%) consumption was excessive, while protein (51.4%) was marginally sufficient, and dietary fibre intake (76.1%) was significantly deficient. Physical activity assessment showed most of them were sedentary. There was a substantial link between BMI, physical activity, fibre, and obesity, indicating that these factors do have an impact on weight.


Area of Interest

Food Science and Nutrition

Area of Expertise

Clinical Nutrition

Area of Research


Professional Affiliations & Contributions

1. Member of Indian dietetic association- life member number IDA/07545

2. Convener for the southcanara chapter, Indian Dietetic Association.

3. Member of Nutrition society of India life member no-0189

4. Member of IAPEN, Pune chapter-4325-6532-9856-3533

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research methodology

Department of Statistics , MAHE


Center for Bioethics , MAHE

Research and Publication Ethics

Directorate of Online Education, MAHE