Understanding socio‐cultural influences on food intake in relation to overweight and obesity in a rural indigenous community of Fiji Islands

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Singh, Kamal Nand, Sendall, Marguerite C., Gurung, Apil and Carne, Phil. 2021. "Understanding socio‐cultural influences on food intake in relation to overweight and obesity in a rural indigenous community of Fiji Islands." Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 32, pp. 301-307. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.397
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Understanding socio‐cultural influences on food intake in relation to overweight and obesity in a rural indigenous community of Fiji Islands

ERA Journal ID13561
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSingh, Kamal Nand (Author), Sendall, Marguerite C. (Author), Gurung, Apil (Author) and Carne, Phil (Author)
Journal TitleHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Journal Citation32, pp. 301-307
Number of Pages7
Year2021
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited kingdom
ISSN1036-1073
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.397
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hpja.397
Abstract

Issue addressed: Obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are largely preventable by understanding the connection between socio-cultural knowledge, yet intervention effectiveness may hinder changes in lifestyles and behaviours in Indigenous health. This study performed to understand the social and cultural components, which contribute to obesity in rural areas of the Indigenous Fijian. Methods: This study is a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project, which engaged community members from a rural iTaukei village in the Fiji Islands. Data collection was carried out through community consultation and semi-structured interviews. The data were analysed using descriptive thematic analysis. Results: Food intake was associated with socio-cultural, economic, political and physical environmental factors. Participants reveal previous health promotion programs did not incorporate the cultural values, cultural competence beliefs and traditional ways of rural Indigenous Fijian community. Conclusion: The health care providers and policymakers need to be involved in recognising iTaukei community culture and appreciate traditional methods to promote equitable community participation in decision-making for health promotion. So what?: Community-wide lifestyle interventions, conceptual approaches based on communal perceptions of the problem at hand can also be the basis for future research on identifying socio-cultural factors, for example, the community and family support that can help shape behaviours.

Keywordscommunity-based participatory research, cultural competence, culture, food intake, health promotion, Indigenous, overweight and obesity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420603. Health promotion
420606. Social determinants of health
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Queensland University of Technology
University of the Sunshine Coast
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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