Exploring the diet and lifestyle changes contributing to weight gain among australian west african women following migration: A qualitative study

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Contemporary Nurse, 2018, 54 (2), pp. 150 - 159
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© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Aims and objectives: This paper reports on women’s experiences of weight gain and obesity as they became acculturated to the Australian diet and lifestyle. Background: Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have a much higher risk of obesity than the native population when settling in industrialised countries. Method: Qualitative. Results: Women in this study reported weight gain post-migration. This was attributed to increased access to a wide variety of food including takeaway food and more sedentary lifestyles. Conclusions: Obesity has long-term consequences for health and well-being. Further research is needed to support a healthy transition to life in Australia. Relevance to clinical practice: Gaining insight into the underlying reasons that West African immigrants to Australia become obese could contribute to assisting health professionals design culturally appropriate interventions and health education programmes to support new arrivals.
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