Social, cultural and environmental influences on child activity and eating in Australian migrant communities

Green, Julie, Waters, Elizabeth, Haikerwal, A, ONeill, C, Raman, S, Booth, M and Gibbons, K 2003, Social, cultural and environmental influences on child activity and eating in Australian migrant communities, Child:care, health and development, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 441-448.

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Title Social, cultural and environmental influences on child activity and eating in Australian migrant communities
Author(s) Green, Julie
Waters, Elizabeth
Haikerwal, A
ONeill, C
Raman, S
Booth, M
Gibbons, K
Journal name Child:care, health and development
Volume number 29
Issue number 6
Start page 441
End page 448
Publisher Blackwell Scientific Publications
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2003-11
ISSN 0305-1862
1365-2214
Keyword(s) Children
Culture
Obesity
Eating
Physical activity
Socio-cultural
Summary Aim: This study set out to examine the socio-cultural, familial and environmental factors influencing health, eating habits and patterns of physical activity contributing to child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Methods: Semi-structured, community-based interviews were conducted with contrasting key informant three-generation families; and generation by generation focus groups of grandparents, parents and children from four cultural communities in the state of Victoria, Australia. Purposive sampling occurred from Turkish, Greek, Indian and Chinese communities that have migrated to Australia within the last three generations (n = 160, eight families, 47 children aged 5–15 years, 29 parents, 42 grandparents). Results: Evidence of two-way influences on eating and physical activity across three generations was evident, with children reporting the greatest cross-cultural diversity. A range of dietary restrictions was reported across all cultural groups. Efforts to foster healthy eating and lifestyle patterns within communities were evident. Parents, as a generation in particular, felt the need for more access to education and support regarding healthy limits for pre-puberty and puberty stages. Conclusion: There is a dynamic influence of culture on many aspects of family lifestyle across three generations. To achieve successful intervention design, childhood obesity researchers need to collaborate with diverse groups and communities. Considering the role and influence of extended family, a multigenerational, whole-of-community approach beyond that of parent and child populations ought to be considered.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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