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Applying socio-cultural lenses to childhood obesity prevention among African migrants to high-income western countries : the role of acculturation, parenting and family functioning
journal contributionposted on 01.02.2010, 00:00 authored by Andre Renzaho, David MellorDavid Mellor
Migration from third-world and low-income countries to high-income Western countries presents significant challenges for individuals and families, and for health service providers in the receiving societies. Cultural conflicts related to preferred body size/shape and parenting practices, together with differential inter generational rates and styles of acculturation, can affect nutritional and lifestyle choices and be associated with high rates of childhood obesity. Using African cultures as an example, this paper examines these issues. It concludes that, in designing and implementating obesity prevention programmes, health service providers need to understand these factors and how they play out.