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'We eat together; today she buys, tomorrow I will buy the food': adolescent best friends' food choices and dietary practices in Soweto, South Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23174129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore if and how female adolescents engage in shared eating and joint food choices with best friends within the context of living in urban Soweto, South Africa.
DESIGN: A qualitative, exploratory, multiple case study was conducted using semi-structured duo interviews of best friend pairs to ascertain their eating patterns, friendship and social interactions around dietary habits.
SETTING: Participants were recruited from three high schools in the urban township of Soweto, South Africa.
SUBJECTS: Fifty-eight female adolescents (twenty-nine friend pairs) still in high school (mean age of 18 years) were enrolled.
RESULTS: Although overweight rates were high, no association between friends was found; neither did friends share dieting behaviours. Both at school and during visits to the shopping mall, foods were commonly shared and money pooled together by friends to make joint purchases. Some friends carefully planned expenditures together. Foods often bought at school were mostly unhealthy. Availability, price and quality were reported to affect choice of foods purchased at school. Preference shaped joint choices within the shopping mall environment.
CONCLUSIONS: Food sharing practices should be investigated in other settings so as to identify specific behaviours and contexts for targeted and tailored obesity prevention interventions. School-based interventions focusing on price and portion size should be considered. In the Sowetan context, larger portions of healthy food may improve dietary intake of fruit and vegetables where friends are likely to share portions.
Carlijn G N Voorend; Shane A Norris; Paula L Griffiths; Modiehi H Sedibe; Marjan J Westerman; Colleen M Doak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-07-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-24     Completed Date:  2013-07-01     Revised Date:  2014-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  559-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior
Choice Behavior*
Food Habits*
Food Preferences*
Food Services
Interviews as Topic
Obesity / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Qualitative Research
Social Environment*
South Africa / epidemiology
Young Adult
Grant Support
70363//Medical Research Council; G1001333//Medical Research Council

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