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Barriers to healthy eating among Norwegian-Pakistani women participating in a culturally adapted intervention.
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PMID:  21062839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To explore barriers to healthy dietary changes experienced by Pakistani immigrant women participating in a culturally adapted intervention, and whether these barriers were associated with intentions to change dietary behaviours.
METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to control and intervention group. The 7-month intervention consisted of six educational group sessions on diet and physical activity, based on knowledge about Pakistani lifestyle and focusing on blood glucose control. Data on barriers for and intentions to healthy dietary changes were collected through an interview with help of a questionnaire. The article is based on data from follow-up assessments in the intervention group, comprising 82 women, aged 28-62 years, without a history of type 2 diabetes.
RESULTS: The most important barriers to healthy dietary changes were preferences of children and other family members and perceived expectations during social gatherings. The perceived pressure from other family members was especially strong when the women were trying to change to more vegetables, lentils, and fish and to use less oil in food preparation. The barriers were inversely related to intentions to change.
CONCLUSIONS: The women encountered various types of barriers when trying to change to healthier food habits, the most prominent being those related to the social dimensions of food consumption, as well as to awareness of the amount of oil used for cooking.
Marte K Råberg Kjøllesdal; Victoria Telle Hjellset; Benedikte Bjørge; Gerd Holmboe-Ottesen; Margareta Wandel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of public health     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1651-1905     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Public Health     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-10     Completed Date:  2010-11-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883503     Medline TA:  Scand J Public Health     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nutrition, Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics
Diet* / ethnology
Emigrants and Immigrants
Feeding Behavior* / ethnology
Follow-Up Studies
Food Habits* / ethnology
Health Education*
Health Promotion*
Life Style
Middle Aged
Norway / ethnology
Pakistan / ethnology
Plant Oils
Women's Health* / ethnology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Oils

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