Table 1

Bitter Melon Stages of Change Algorithm*

Question

Answer

Stage


Do you currently consume bitter melon at least once every 2 months?

Yes

Action or Maintenance


No

Pre-action


Which of the following best describes how long you have consumed bitter melon at least once every 2 months?

<6 months

Action


≥ 6 months

Maintenance


I am not thinking of consuming bitter melon in the future.

Yes

Precontemplation


I am thinking of consuming bitter melon in the future.

Yes

Contemplation


I am planning to consume bitter melon in the future.

Yes

Preparation


*Adapted from Chapman-Novakofski [29]

Snee et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:78   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-78

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