Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals.

Pham, Thi Hai Quynh, Worsley, Anthony, Lawrence, Mark and Marshall, Bernie 2016, Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals., Health promotion international, Early view, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw016.

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Title Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals.
Author(s) Pham, Thi Hai Quynh
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony
Lawrence, MarkORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark
Marshall, Bernie
Journal name Health promotion international
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03-22
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) nutrition transition
public health nutrition
nutrition education
Summary Professionals who provide nutrition education and consulting to the public are encouraged to take into account the health, environmental and social contexts that influence health-related attitudes and behaviours in the population. This paper examined the awareness of shifts in population health outcomes associated with the nutrition transition in Vietnam among university nutrition lecturers, health professionals and school education professionals. Most of these professionals held accurate views of the current population health issues in Vietnam. However, they differed in their awareness of the seriousness of overweight and obesity. Although the majority indicated that the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) had increased, nearly half believed that the government should complete its attempts to control undernutrition before trying to control obesity. More health professionals believed that food marketing was responsible for the growing prevalence of children's obesity, and more of them disapproved of the marketing of less healthy food to children. In contrast, the university nutrition lecturers were least aware of food marketing and the seriousness of obesity. Of the three groups, the university nutrition lecturers held less accurate perceptions of nutrition transition problems and their likely drivers. There is an urgent need for greater provision of public nutrition education for all three groups of professionals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daw016
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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