Attitudinal Determinants of Diet and Lifestyle among Ethnic
Attitudinal Determinants of Diet and Lifestyle
among Ethnic Minority Women
S. Comegna, R. Begum, A. Draper, A. R. Amorim Adegboye
Department of Human and Health Science Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Westminster, 115, New Cavendish Street, London, UK
University of Westminster, London, UK
African and Caribbean (AC) women have
A mixed methods, cross-sectional study
A sample of 300 AC women split equally
the highest obesity prevalence (38% &
using a conceptual framework based on a
between ethnicities, will be self-selected
32%, respectively) among all ethnic groups
modified model proposed by Cooke and
with a maximum diversity in South-East
London and Westminster University
Fig.2 Conceptual framework for studying
in the UK.(Gatinau and Mathrani,
Fig.1 Prevalence of obesity in adults by
ethnic group in 2004, UK.
attitude on nutrition label use and
Women of reproductive age (18-49 years)
from AC populations living in London.
Pregnant women or less than 6 weeks
Women cognitively or physically unable to
Adults (aged 16+) obesity: BMI > 30kg/m2
Source: Health Survey for England (2004).
This study will enable better elucidation of
the qualitative and quantitative relationships
Psychosocial, biological and contextual
between lifestyle, biologic variables,
factors may influence the excess of weight
behavioural and attitudinal issues
gain. (Loring and Robertson, 2014)
underpinning the nutritional and health
Childbearing and parenthood, literacy,
cultural habits, religious constraints as
understanding of food labelling are all likely
to influence dietary habits. (Cowburn and Stockley,
To investigate to what extend length of UK
status of AC migrant women in the UK.
Source: Cooke and Papadaki (2014).
Consequently, study findings will assist to
translate epidemiological knowledge into
Phase I: quantitative attitudinal data &
dietary information collected via
Physiological parameters (height,
future preventive actions.
Gatineau, M. and Mathrani, S. (2011). Ethnicity and obesity in
the UK. Perspectives in Public Health.131:159-60
residence and understanding of food
weight, waist and hip circumferences, % of
labelling influence dietary and lifestyle
body-fat) and biochemical
Guidance for addressing inequities in overweight and obesity.
habits among AC women.
parameters (blood pressure, HDL - LDL,
Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organization, Europe.
To assess the nutritional composition and
total cholesterol, triglycerides and blood
contribution that traditional foods make to
glucose) collected during phase I.
dietary intake of this group.
Phase II: qualitative data on attitudes will
collected via focus group discussion (using
a thematic framework).
Ethical approval for this research
was provided by the University of
28 JAN 2016
Loring, B. and Robertson, A. (2014). Obesity and inequalities:
Cowburn,G. and Stockley L.(2005). Consumer understanding
and use of nutrition labelling: a systematic review. Public
Health Nutr.; 8:21-8.
Cooke, R. and Papadaki, A. (2014). Nutrition label use
mediates the positive relationship between nutrition knowledge
and attitudes towards healthy eating with dietary quality
among university students in the UK. Appetite. 83, 297303
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