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Eating behaviors of elderly persons with hyperlipidemia in urban Chiang Mai.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14764194     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of the present ethnographic study was to describe the eating behaviors of elderly persons with hyperlipidemia. Twenty-one elderly subjects with hyperlipidemia and their relatives volunteered to be included in the study. Focus group and in-depth interviews with participant observations were used for data collection. Each transcript from interviews and observations were analyzed using content analysis. Subjects were asked to validate findings and ethical considerations were maintained throughout the study. When discussing the meaning of food, three themes emerged: (i) substances make people strong or healthy; (ii) food is like medicine and; (iii) food causes illness. Most subjects had learned about food and nutrition from their parents or relatives and from school. Regarding food procurement, most bought food such as fish or other seafood, meat and eggs from the fresh markets nearby almost daily. All subjects cooked their own traditional northern Thai food, such as Hung-le (northern curry) and preferred seasoning such as fish sauce, pepper and herbs. They ate when they were hungry or after they had finished working. The present study reflected that northern Thai culture strongly influences the participants' eating behaviors.
Patcharaporn Aree; Vichai Tanphaichitr; Wandee Suttharangsri; Kathryn Kavanagh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing & health sciences     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1441-0745     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Health Sci     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-06     Completed Date:  2004-04-22     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100891857     Medline TA:  Nurs Health Sci     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
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MeSH Terms
Aged / psychology*
Anthropology, Cultural
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Diet Surveys
Feeding Behavior / ethnology*
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Hyperlipidemias / ethnology*
Middle Aged
Nutritional Sciences / education
Socioeconomic Factors
Urban Population*

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