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Towards understanding the new food environment for refugees from the Horn of Africa in Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20609612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The study explored how African migrant communities living in North-West Melbourne, Australia, conceptualise and interpret the Australian food system from an intergenerational perspective and how this impacts on their attitudes and beliefs about food in Australia. Using a qualitative approach that involved 15 adolescents and 25 parents, the study found significant intergenerational differences in four themes that characterised their new food environment: (1) an abundance of cheap and readily available processed and packaged foods, (2) nutrition messages that are complex to gauge due to poor literacy levels, (3) promotion of a slim body size, which contradicts pre-existing cultural values surrounding body shapes and (4) Australian food perceived as being full of harmful chemicals. In order to develop effective culturally competent obesity prevention interventions in this sub-population, a multigenerational approach is needed.
A Wilson; A M N Renzaho; M McCabe; B Swinburn
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-06-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1873-2054     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Place     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-09     Completed Date:  2010-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  969-76     Citation Subset:  T    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Africa South of the Sahara / ethnology
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Supply
Health Literacy*
Intergenerational Relations
Refugees / statistics & numerical data*
Victoria / epidemiology
Weight Gain

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