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Adolescent nutrition and physical activity in low-income suburbs of Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire: the gap between knowledge, aspirations and possibilities

Adolescent nutrition and physical activity in low-income suburbs of Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire: the gap between knowledge, aspirations and possibilities
Adolescent nutrition and physical activity in low-income suburbs of Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire: the gap between knowledge, aspirations and possibilities
Objective: To explore adolescents’ perceptions, knowledge and behaviors regarding nutrition and physical activity in low-income districts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, taking into consideration their caregivers’ perspectives.

Design: Two investigators conducted six focus group discussions (FGDs).

Setting: The study was carried out in two low-income suburbs, Yopougon and Port-Bouët in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Subjects: Adolescents and their caregivers were recruited into the study via local head teachers and heads of settlement.

Results: Overall, 72 participants, including 46 adolescents and 26 caregivers took part. Participants demonstrated good nutrition knowledge, relating nutritional health to a balanced diet and hygiene. Sustained physical activity was reported. However, adopting good practices was challenging due to participant’s economic circumstances. Their environment was a barrier to improving health due to dirtiness and violence, with a lack of space limiting the possibility to practice sport. Adolescents and their caregivers differed in their response to these constraints. Many caregivers felt powerless and suggested a political response was the solution. Alternatively, adolescents were more likely to suggest new creative solutions such as youth-friendly centers within their community.

Conclusions: Participants were aware that their nutritional habits were not in line with what they had learnt to be good nutritional practices, due to socio-economic constraints. Physical activity was part of adolescent life but opportunities to exercise were restricted by their environment. Strategies for improving adolescent health in these settings need to be developed in collaboration with adolescents in a manner that accommodates their opinions and solutions.
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Jesson, Julie, Kouakou, Egnon K.V., Hardy-Johnson, Polly, Ngoran-Theckly, Patricia, Kehoe, Sarah, Adonis, Laurence, Fall, Caroline, Leroy, Valeriane, Barker, Mary and Weller, Susan (2020) Adolescent nutrition and physical activity in low-income suburbs of Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire: the gap between knowledge, aspirations and possibilities. Public Health Nutrition. (In Press)

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Objective: To explore adolescents’ perceptions, knowledge and behaviors regarding nutrition and physical activity in low-income districts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, taking into consideration their caregivers’ perspectives.

Design: Two investigators conducted six focus group discussions (FGDs).

Setting: The study was carried out in two low-income suburbs, Yopougon and Port-Bouët in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Subjects: Adolescents and their caregivers were recruited into the study via local head teachers and heads of settlement.

Results: Overall, 72 participants, including 46 adolescents and 26 caregivers took part. Participants demonstrated good nutrition knowledge, relating nutritional health to a balanced diet and hygiene. Sustained physical activity was reported. However, adopting good practices was challenging due to participant’s economic circumstances. Their environment was a barrier to improving health due to dirtiness and violence, with a lack of space limiting the possibility to practice sport. Adolescents and their caregivers differed in their response to these constraints. Many caregivers felt powerless and suggested a political response was the solution. Alternatively, adolescents were more likely to suggest new creative solutions such as youth-friendly centers within their community.

Conclusions: Participants were aware that their nutritional habits were not in line with what they had learnt to be good nutritional practices, due to socio-economic constraints. Physical activity was part of adolescent life but opportunities to exercise were restricted by their environment. Strategies for improving adolescent health in these settings need to be developed in collaboration with adolescents in a manner that accommodates their opinions and solutions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 July 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 442664
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442664
ISSN: 1368-9800
PURE UUID: 05706965-002c-4111-9b5e-974565cc0ddf
ORCID for Polly Hardy-Johnson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9659-1447
ORCID for Sarah Kehoe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2584-7999
ORCID for Caroline Fall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4402-5552
ORCID for Mary Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217
ORCID for Susan Weller: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6839-876X

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2020 16:57
Last modified: 30 Oct 2023 03:10

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Author: Julie Jesson
Author: Egnon K.V. Kouakou
Author: Polly Hardy-Johnson ORCID iD
Author: Patricia Ngoran-Theckly
Author: Sarah Kehoe ORCID iD
Author: Laurence Adonis
Author: Caroline Fall ORCID iD
Author: Valeriane Leroy
Author: Mary Barker ORCID iD
Author: Susan Weller ORCID iD

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