WHY ARE WE DOING THIS STUDY?
Women from British minority ethnic groups are particularly vulnerable to disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and complications in pregnancy. We would like to better understand attitudinal determinants of (or feelings towards) diet quality and lifestyle and find out how to promote dietary and lifestyle in minority ethnic women in a way that is helpful. We will use these findings to inform Public Health professionals how to meet the needs of women from ethnic minorities to their improve health, pregnancy outcomes and their children’s health.
WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO DO?
Work with minority ethnic women of around 18-49 years (reproductive age) from this place of worship. We would like to provide a short health screen for the women and collect information on their diet, lifestyle and health status via a questionnaire and an interview to discuss the foods they normally eat.
The higher prevalence of OBESITY, HYPERTENSION and DIABETES among women from ethnic minority group shows their differences in health status compared to general population. The risk of low iron status and vitamin D deficiency particularly during the winter months. Excess weight gain associated with childbearing and parenthood may partially explain this gender and ethnic disparity.
Clearly there is a complex relationship between OBESITY, ETHNICITY and the HEALTH of women with young children. Numerous factors such as changes in eating habits, lack of exercise and low socioeconomic status can affect health outcomes. Furthermore, there are many differences in terms of beliefs about illness, food choice and seeking health care which add to this interplay. Creating an effective healthcare system with a gendered approach is crucial for future generations . Most existing research regarding nutrition label use reported that most consumers read labels some or most of the time and their purchasing decisions are impacted by nutrition labels especially among women and individuals with higher level of education and income. Therefore, nutrition labelling has an impact on consumers health status and rapresents an important element in creating a supportive environment that helps people to make healthy choices.
More research is required to establish SOCIAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, NUTRITIONAL and BIOCHEMICAL profiling in this group and better understand their attitudes to diet, lifestyle and health.
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