Food environment and policies in private schools in Kolkata, India

Rathi, Neha, Riddell, Lynette and Worsley, Francis 2017, Food environment and policies in private schools in Kolkata, India, Health promotion international, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 340-350, doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw053.

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Title Food environment and policies in private schools in Kolkata, India
Author(s) Rathi, NehaORCID iD for Rathi, Neha
Riddell, LynetteORCID iD for Riddell, Lynette
Worsley, FrancisORCID iD for Worsley, Francis
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 340
End page 350
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) adolescent
health promoting environments
Summary School food policies and services have the potential to influence the food practices and eating behaviours of adolescents which in turn may affect their lifestyles and health in adulthood. The aim of this qualitative investigation was to describe the opinions of adolescents, their parents, nutrition educators and school principals about the prevailing food environment and canteen policies in Indian schools. Fifteen adolescents aged 14–15 years, 15 parents, 12 teachers and 10 principals from 10 private schools in Kolkata, India participated in semi-structured interviews. The interview questions were primarily based on the existing literature related to school food environments and policies. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and assessed thematically. Throughout the 52 interviews, a number of inadequacies of the school food environment and policies were revealed. These included the absence of written food policies, the widespread supply of unhealthy foods, inadequate provision of healthy foods, misleading messages about food communicated by school authorities, lack of cleanliness in the school canteen and the high cost of canteen food. Current school food environments do not appear to promote healthy eating among adolescents. Therefore, it is important to upgrade the quality of food services in Indian schools through adoption of healthy eating policies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daw053
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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