Asamane, EA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6430-7787, Greig, CA, Aunger, JA and Thompson, JL (2019) Perceptions and Factors Influencing Eating Behaviours and Physical Function in Community-Dwelling Ethnically Diverse Older Adults: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study. Nutrients, 11 (6).

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Abstract

Ethnic minorities have a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases relating to unhealthy lifestyle practices. Several factors have been identified as influencing unhealthy lifestyle practices among this population; however, there is little evidence about how these factors differ among a heterogeneous sample living in a super-diverse city. This study aimed to: (1) identify and compare factors influencing eating behaviours and physical function among ethnic older minorities living in Birmingham, United Kingdom; and (2) understand how these factors and their association with healthy eating and physical function changed over 8-months. An in-depth interviewing approach was used at baseline (n = 92) and after 8-months (n = 81). Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using directed content analysis. Healthy eating was viewed as more important than, and unrelated to, physical function. Personal, social and cultural/environmental factors were identified as the main factors influencing eating behaviours and physical function, which differed by ethnicity, age, and sex. At 8-month interviews, more men than women reported adverse changes. The study provides unique and useful insights regarding perceived eating behaviours and physical function in a relatively large and diverse sample of older adults that can be used to design new, and adapt existing, culturally-tailored community interventions to support healthy ageing.

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Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via MDPI at https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11061224 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: super-diversity, cultural, diversity, ethnic minorities, healthy eating, older adults, physical function, social networks
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 13:53
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 14:01
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6861

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