Tongan adolescents' eating patterns : opportunities for intervention

Cacavas, Katherine, Mavoa, Helen, Kremer, Peter, Malakellis, Mary, Fotu, Kalesita, Swinburn, Boyd and de Silva-sanigorski, Andrea 2011, Tongan adolescents' eating patterns : opportunities for intervention, Asia Pacific journal of public health, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 24-33, doi: 10.1177/1010539510390781.

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Title Tongan adolescents' eating patterns : opportunities for intervention
Author(s) Cacavas, Katherine
Mavoa, Helen
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter
Malakellis, MaryORCID iD for Malakellis, Mary
Fotu, Kalesita
Swinburn, Boyd
de Silva-sanigorski, Andrea
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of public health
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 33
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 1941-2479
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Dietary patterns
Mixed methods
Sociocultural influences
Summary The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine the sources of food and dietary patterns of Tongan adolescents (n = 2084) and their perceptions of sociocultural influences. The study incorporated anthropometric measurements, a behavioral survey, and qualitative interviews. More adolescent Tongan females (82.5%) than males (74.3%) reported sourcing morning tea and/or lunch (females 81.9%, males 72.6%) from school canteens or nearby food outlets. More females than males reported consuming obesity-promoting foods such as packaged snack foods (females 38.2%, males 21.3%), chocolates (females 24.7%, males 15.0%), and soft drinks (females 55.3%, males 50.4%). Food purchased for consumption at schools was predominantly energy dense and nutrient poor. Ensuring that students have access to foods of high nutritional quality sourced from school or home, and restricting access to local food outlets that supply unhealthy products would improve the nutrition status of adolescents in Tonga. Furthermore, it is important that obesity prevention interventions are informed by culture-specific influences to optimize uptake of healthy diets.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1010539510390781
Field of Research 111715 Pacific Peoples Health
Socio Economic Objective 920307 Pacific Peoples Health - Health Status and Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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