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Appetite. 2016 Oct 1;105:790-7. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.018. Epub 2016 Jul 14.

What influences urban Indian secondary school students' food consumption? - A qualitative study.

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1
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria 3125, Australia.
2
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria 3125, Australia. Electronic address: tonyw@deakin.edu.au.

Abstract

Indian adolescents' over reliance on foods such as nutrient-poor snacks, sugar-sweetened beverages and take-away foods puts them at significant risk of obesity and several diet-related chronic diseases. Therefore, the factors that influence their dietary behaviours need to be better understood in order to develop effective nutrition promotion strategies. The purpose of this qualitative inquiry was to investigate adolescents', parents', teachers', and school principals' perceptions of the main influences on adolescent eating behaviours. Fifteen adolescents aged 14-15 years, 15 parents, 12 teachers and 10 principals from 10 private English-speaking schools in Kolkata, India, participated in semi-structured interviews. The digitally-recorded conversations were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. The 52 interviews revealed a number of factors that may influence adolescents' eating habits including parent and peer influences, home and school food environments, and the mass media. Emerging evidence suggests that future health and nutrition promotion interventions need to target the different influences on Indian teenagers' food consumption.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Dietary behaviours; India; Qualitative study

PMID:
27423818
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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