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Exploring Food-Related Barriers and Impact on Preschool-Aged Children in Pokhara, Nepal: A Qualitative Review.

Acharya, J., Van Teijlingen, E., Murphy, J., Hind, M., Ellani, B. and Joshi, A., 2020. Exploring Food-Related Barriers and Impact on Preschool-Aged Children in Pokhara, Nepal: A Qualitative Review. Participation, 22 (20), 98 -110.

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Abstract

This study explores knowledge, food beliefs and cultural environment about food recommendation trend among the poor mothers related to feeding of their off-spring. Mothers’ insufficient knowledge including the existing food beliefs and attitudes are one of the underlying causes of nutritional problems in Nepal. The study has set out the following objectives: identify major barriers for recommending healthy food for preschool-aged children; assess knowledge and beliefs about nutritious food amongst mothers; assess health-seeking behaviour for rural and urban children. This study used qualitative focus group methods where fifty participants took part in seven focus groups discussions. The data were thematically analysed. The study identifi ed fi ve themes: poverty, knowledge, policy, misbeliefs about breastfeeding and food beliefs and cultural influences. Many participants thought that children are generally at risk due to poverty, poor knowledge and strong-rooted cultural practices and beliefs. This study found ‘diversified views’ as a major barrier to food and health-seeking behaviours. However, spiritual healers highlighted the importance of linking beliefs with cultural and religious norms and values. This research suggests that a public health approach is urgently required to address the nutritional problems associated with food behaviours and the major barriers to maternal knowledge and food belief

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2565-4853
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nutrition; diet; Poverty; Nepal; Women; Children
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34596
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:08 Oct 2020 18:36
Last Modified:08 Oct 2020 18:36

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