Experiences of migration and the determinants of obesity among recent Iranian immigrants in Victoria, Australia

Delavari, Maryam, Farrelly, Ashley, Renzaho, Andre, Mellor, David and Swinburn, Boyd 2013, Experiences of migration and the determinants of obesity among recent Iranian immigrants in Victoria, Australia, Ethnicity and health, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 66-82, doi: 10.1080/13557858.2012.698255.

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Title Experiences of migration and the determinants of obesity among recent Iranian immigrants in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Delavari, Maryam
Farrelly, Ashley
Renzaho, Andre
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Ethnicity and health
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 66
End page 82
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013-02-01
ISSN 1355-7858
Keyword(s) exercise/physical activity
health behavior
qualitative analysis
Summary Objectives. There is evidence to suggest that immigrant groups from low- or medium-human development index countries show a significant adoption of obesogenic behaviors and experience weight gain following migration to Australia. The objective of this study is to understand the changes that Iranian immigrants experience in relation to the determinants of obesity after migration to Victoria, Australia.

Design. We conducted five focus group discussions with 33 recent Iranian immigrants. This study took an interpretive qualitative approach to data analysis using the constant comparative method.

Results. Participants discussed individual level acculturation (e.g., in diet, body size, attitudes), as well as environmental level changes (e.g., physical/structural and sociocultural) that occurred after immigration. Stress during the initial immigration transition, which affected diet and physical activity habits, was a common experience among participants. Gender and the effect of political/religious changes were also important factors. Participants' discourse largely focused on their ability and willingness to adopt positive health behaviors after migration.

Conclusion. This study provides insight into the effect of migration on the determinants of obesity among Iranian immigrants in Victoria, Australia, and offers a contrast with the existing evidence by considering the experience of a group that is generally well educated, often emigrates for reasons related to personal freedom as opposed to material deprivation, and has rates of obesity similar to high-income countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13557858.2012.698255
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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