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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

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posted 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.

History

Journal

International journal of migration, health and social care

Volume

6

Issue

1

Pagination

34 - 42

Publisher

Pier Professional Ltd.

Location

Hove, England

ISSN

1747-9894

eISSN

2042-8650

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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