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Barriers to nutrition promotion in private secondary schools in Kolkata, India: perspectives of parents and teachers

Rathi, Neha, Riddell, Lynette and Worsley, Anthony 2018, Barriers to nutrition promotion in private secondary schools in Kolkata, India: perspectives of parents and teachers, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15061139.

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Title Barriers to nutrition promotion in private secondary schools in Kolkata, India: perspectives of parents and teachers
Author(s) Rathi, NehaORCID iD for Rathi, Neha orcid.org/0000-0002-6098-1723
Riddell, LynetteORCID iD for Riddell, Lynette orcid.org/0000-0002-0688-2134
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 6
Article ID 1139
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) India
canteens
nutrition promotion
secondary schools
survey
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
FOOD ENVIRONMENT
EATING BEHAVIORS
HEALTHY
ADOLESCENTS
POLICIES
CHILDREN
STUDENTS
OBESITY
IMPACT
DIET
Summary School-based nutrition promotion is critical to the development of healthy eating habits in adolescents. Unfortunately, most Indian secondary schools do not support healthy eating among adolescents. Therefore, this study was designed to understand the perspectives of teachers and parents regarding the potential barriers to nutrition promotion in Indian secondary schools. Thirty-two teachers and 280 parents from five private English-speaking secondary schools in Kolkata, India took part in a cross-sectional survey. The paper-based survey instrument included both quantitative and qualitative items which were derived from previously published evidence. Descriptive and chi-square analyses were conducted on the quantitative data. Qualitative data were evaluated by thematic data analysis underpinned by the template analysis technique. Five main barriers to nutrition promotion emerged from the study. These included the perceived strong preference for energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods among students; lack of government canteen guidelines; limited engagement of parents, teachers, and adolescents in canteen operations; the widespread display of eye-catching food advertisements; and poor knowledge among canteen personnel with regards to healthy food preparation. These findings about the potential barriers to nutrition promotion provide useful directions for healthy school food policy implementation. Successful implementation of healthy school food policies can inculcate lifelong healthy eating habits among adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15061139
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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