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Factors that affect the food choices made by girls and young women, from minority ethnic groups, living in the UK.
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PMID:  17635308     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Lower birth weight, often found in infants from minority ethnic groups, may be partly because of the disproportionate representation of ethnic minority groups in low-income areas. To develop an intervention, to improve the nutritional intake of young women from populations at risk of low-birth-weight babies, which would be culturally sensitive and well received by the intended recipients, a community development approach was used to investigate factors that might influence food choice and the nutritional intake of girls and young women from ethnic minority groups. METHODS: Focus group discussions were conducted across the UK, to explore factors that might affect the food choices of girls and young women of African and South Asian decent. The data was analysed using deductive content analysis (Qual. Soc. Res., 1, 2000, 1). Discussions were around the broad themes of buying and preparing food, eating food and dietary changes, and ideas for an intervention to improve diet. RESULTS: The focus group discussions indicated that all the communities took time, price, health and availability into consideration when making food purchases. The groups were also quite similar in their use of 'Western' foods which tended to be of the fast food variety. These foods were used when there was not enough time to prepare a 'traditional' meal. CONCLUSION: Many issues that affect the food choice of people who move to the UK are common within different ethnic groups. The idea of a practical intervention based on improving cooking skills was popular with all the groups.
J M Lawrence; E Devlin; S Macaskill; M Kelly; M Chinouya; M M Raats; K L Barton; W L Wrieden; R Shepherd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0952-3871     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-19     Completed Date:  2007-09-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904840     Medline TA:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Choice Behavior*
Cookery / methods*
Ethnic Groups / education,  psychology*
Focus Groups
Great Britain
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Minority Groups / education,  psychology*
Nutritional Sciences / education*
Socioeconomic Factors

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