Nutrient Intake and Factors Influencing Eating Behaviors in Older Migrant Women Living in the United Kingdom

Diana Castaneda-Gameros*, Sabi Redwood, Janice L. Thompson

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Abstract

This study examines nutrient intake and factors influencing eating behaviors in a sample of 76 migrant older women (≥ 60 years) living in the UK. Nutrient intake was assessed using a 24-hr recall enhanced by an in-depth probing dietary interview. Median energy intake was significantly lower than the UK RNIs (5,125.4 v. 7,301.1 kJ/d, p <.001). Main nutrients of concern were retinol, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, copper, selenium, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Semistructured interviews were conducted with a subsample (n = 46) and analyzed using thematic analysis. Although women were knowledgeable about what constitutes a healthy diet, factors such as the presence and awareness of obesity and noncommunicable diseases, changes to household roles, and dietary restrictions related to religious beliefs were identified key influences on participants’ dietary intake. Strategies targeting this population need to promote not only a healthy energy balance, but also dietary adequacy to optimize nutrient intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-68
Number of pages19
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume57
Issue number1
Early online date4 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Dietary intake
  • eating behaviors
  • ethnicity
  • immigrant
  • older women

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