Factors influencing fruit and vegetable intake among urban Fijians: a qualitative study

Morgan, EH, Vatucawaqa, P, Snowdon, W, Worsley, A, Dangour, AD and Lock, K 2016, Factors influencing fruit and vegetable intake among urban Fijians: a qualitative study, Appetite, vol. 101, pp. 114-118, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.03.003.

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Title Factors influencing fruit and vegetable intake among urban Fijians: a qualitative study
Author(s) Morgan, EH
Vatucawaqa, P
Snowdon, W
Worsley, AORCID iD for Worsley, A orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Dangour, AD
Lock, K
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 101
Start page 114
End page 118
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-06-01
ISSN 0195-6663
Keyword(s) fruit and vegetables
food choice
qualitative research
Summary Low fruit and vegetable intake is an important risk factor for micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases, but many people worldwide, including most Fijians, eat less than the World Health Organization recommended amount. The present qualitative study explores factors that influence fruit and vegetable intake among 57 urban Fijians (50 women, 7 men) of indigenous Fijian (iTaukei) and South Asian (Indian) descent. Eight focus group discussions were held in and around Suva, Fiji's capital and largest urban area, which explored motivation for eating fruit and vegetables, understandings of links to health and disease, availability and sources, determinants of product choice, and preferred ways of preparing and eating fruit and vegetables. Data were analysed using thematic content analysis. Regardless of ethnicity, participants indicated that they enjoyed and valued eating fruit and vegetables, were aware of the health benefits, and had confidence in their cooking skills. In both cultures, fruit and vegetables were essential components of traditional diets. However, increasing preferences for processed and imported foods, and inconsistent availability and affordability of high-quality, low-priced, fresh produce, were identified as important barriers. The findings indicate that efforts to improve fruit and vegetable intake in urban Fijians should target the stability of the domestic fruit and vegetable supply and access.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2016.03.003
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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