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Exploring the diet and physical activity behaviours of adolescents living in India and sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative evidence synthesis

Exploring the diet and physical activity behaviours of adolescents living in India and sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative evidence synthesis
Exploring the diet and physical activity behaviours of adolescents living in India and sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative evidence synthesis
Objective: To carry out a qualitative evidence synthesis to explore what influences the diet and physical activity of adolescents living in five countries that constitute the Transforming Adolescent Lives through Nutrition (TALENT) consortium (Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, South Africa and The Gambia).

Design: A search of electronic databases was conducted for qualitative articles published between 2000 and 2019.

Participants: Studies that explore influences on the diets and physical activity habits of adolescents aged 10-19 years.

Results: Of the twelve included studies, none were identified from The Gambia or Cote D'Ivoire. The existing qualitative literature focussed on three major areas in relation to adolescent diet and physical activity: 1) the influence of body image and self-esteem; 2) social and environmental influences; and 3) poverty. The limited existing literature focusses heavily on girls' experiences particularly in relation to body image and dysfunctional eating practices.

Conclusions: In-depth research exploring adolescents' perceptions of diet and physical activity is needed to better understand how both boys and girls, at different stages of adolescence, perceive health, diet and physical activity. More research with young people is required especially in countries where little exists to cover a wider range of issues that play a role in diet and physical activity.
Adolescent, Health, LMICs, Qualitative, Review
1368-9800
Hardy-Johnson, Polly
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Dhuria, Preeti
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Strommer, Sofia
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Weller, Susie
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Barker, Mary
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Fall, Caroline
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TALENT collaboration
Hardy-Johnson, Polly
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Dhuria, Preeti
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Strommer, Sofia
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Weller, Susie
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Barker, Mary
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Fall, Caroline
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TALENT collaboration (2021) Exploring the diet and physical activity behaviours of adolescents living in India and sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative evidence synthesis. Public Health Nutrition. (doi:10.1017/S1368980021002408).

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Abstract

Objective: To carry out a qualitative evidence synthesis to explore what influences the diet and physical activity of adolescents living in five countries that constitute the Transforming Adolescent Lives through Nutrition (TALENT) consortium (Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, South Africa and The Gambia).

Design: A search of electronic databases was conducted for qualitative articles published between 2000 and 2019.

Participants: Studies that explore influences on the diets and physical activity habits of adolescents aged 10-19 years.

Results: Of the twelve included studies, none were identified from The Gambia or Cote D'Ivoire. The existing qualitative literature focussed on three major areas in relation to adolescent diet and physical activity: 1) the influence of body image and self-esteem; 2) social and environmental influences; and 3) poverty. The limited existing literature focusses heavily on girls' experiences particularly in relation to body image and dysfunctional eating practices.

Conclusions: In-depth research exploring adolescents' perceptions of diet and physical activity is needed to better understand how both boys and girls, at different stages of adolescence, perceive health, diet and physical activity. More research with young people is required especially in countries where little exists to cover a wider range of issues that play a role in diet and physical activity.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 30 June 2021
Keywords: Adolescent, Health, LMICs, Qualitative, Review

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Local EPrints ID: 450620
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450620
ISSN: 1368-9800
PURE UUID: 8ab0da21-0633-429a-a2ab-18268296ad90
ORCID for Susie Weller: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6839-876X
ORCID for Mary Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217
ORCID for Caroline Fall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4402-5552

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Date deposited: 05 Aug 2021 16:31
Last modified: 16 Oct 2021 01:47

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Author: Polly Hardy-Johnson
Author: Preeti Dhuria
Author: Sofia Strommer
Author: Susie Weller ORCID iD
Author: Mary Barker ORCID iD
Author: Caroline Fall ORCID iD
Corporate Author: TALENT collaboration

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