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Parents' and teachers' views of food environments and policies in Indian private secondary schools

Rathi, Neha, Riddell, Lynn and Worsley, Anthony 2018, Parents' and teachers' views of food environments and policies in Indian private secondary schools, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15071532.

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Title Parents' and teachers' views of food environments and policies in Indian private secondary schools
Author(s) Rathi, NehaORCID iD for Rathi, Neha orcid.org/0000-0002-6098-1723
Riddell, LynnORCID iD for Riddell, Lynn 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 7
Article ID 1532
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-07-19
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) India
food environment
food policies
parents
school
teachers
Summary School food environments and policies can play a pivotal role in inculcating healthy food habits among young people. This cross-sectional survey explored teachers' and parents' views of the role of school food environments and policies in promoting healthy food consumption among Indian adolescents. Thirty-two teachers and 280 parents from five private, English-speaking, secondary schools in Kolkata, India took part in a short questionnaire survey which included closed and open answer questions. Descriptive and chi-square analyses were performed to compare the responses of parents and teachers. Thematic data analysis underpinned by Template Analysis Technique was employed to examine the qualitative responses. The easy availability and accessibility of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods, the limited availability of nutritious foods, the absence of written food policies, and inflated prices of nutritious foods were reported as problems in the Indian school food environment. However, the respondents also noted that schools restricted the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages and adopted hygienic food practices. Novel ideas for creating healthy school food environments and effective school canteen policies were also captured during the survey. These findings point to the need to create effective school food policies in Indian secondary schools to help adolescents eat healthily at school. Future research is required to test the feasibility of the implementation of school food policies.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15071532
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, by the authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30111886

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