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Aronsen Torp, Jenny
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Aronsen Torp, J., Berggren, V., Erlandsson, L.-K. & Westergren, A. (2015). Weight status among Somali immigrants in Sweden in relation to sociodemographic characteristics, dietary habits and physical activity. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Conference on Advances in Health Care Sciences Research in Stockholm, November 11-12th, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Weight status among Somali immigrants in Sweden in relation to sociodemographic characteristics, dietary habits and physical activity
2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17389 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Conference on Advances in Health Care Sciences Research in Stockholm, November 11-12th, 2015
Available from: 2017-10-09 Created: 2017-10-09 Last updated: 2017-10-24Bibliographically approved
Aronsen Torp, J., Berggren, V., Erlandsson, L.-K. & Westergren, A. (2015). Weight status among Somali immigrants in Sweden in relation to socio-demographic characteristics, dietary habits and physical activity. Open Public Health Journal, 8, 10-16
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Weight status among Somali immigrants in Sweden in relation to socio-demographic characteristics, dietary habits and physical activity
2015 (English)In: Open Public Health Journal, ISSN 1874-9445, Vol. 8, p. 10-16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Immigrants are considered globally to be a vulnerable subpopulation. Vulnerable population groups have a higher prevalence of obesity than the general population. Despite increased immigration of people from Somalia to Sweden in recent years, little research has been undertaken about obesity and obesity-related health risks among Somali immigrants. The present study aimed to investigate the prevalence of overweight and obesity, as well as possible relationships between weight status and socio-demographic characteristics, dietary habits and physical activity (PA) among Somali immigrants in Sweden.

Methods:This quantitative cross-sectional study included 114 respondents. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire covering socio-demographic factors, PA and dietary habits. Weight and height were also measured.

Results:Of the 114 respondents, 50.9% had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or above.In bi-variate analysis, there were no statistically significant differences between those with a BMI below 25 and those with a BMI of 25 or more regarding PA or dietary habits. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that female gender and being married were associated with having a BMI of 25 or above.

Conclusion: Socio-demographic factors may be more strongly associated with high BMI than PA or dietary habits among the targeted group and should be taken into account as an issue affecting Somali immigrants in Sweden that warrants further research.

Keywords
BMI, culture, dietary habits, overweight, physical activity, Somali immigrants, Sweden
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13991 (URN)10.2174/1874944501508010010 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-06-03 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Aronsen Torp, J., Berggren, V. & Erlandsson, L.-K. (2013). Somali women's experiences of cooking and meals after immigration to Sweden. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(2), 146-159
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Somali women's experiences of cooking and meals after immigration to Sweden
2013 (English)In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, E-ISSN 2158-1576, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 146-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article elucidates Somali women's experiences of cooking and meals after immigration to Sweden. Six Somali women participated in repeated focus group interviews. Content analysis of the interviews resulted in four themes: change in routines and content of the daily meals, changed experiences related to cooking and shopping for groceries, the social dimensions in food-related occupations, and change of identity and roles. According to the women, variety of factors related to their life in Sweden had led to changes in their food occupations and meals: environmental changes, societal factors and the fact that the women secured employment. Although their new focus on employment led to altered responsibility and time for the cooking, food-related occupations remained important for the creation of identity and the maintenance of the family. This study may inform the development of strategies to restrict the negative impacts of immigration on Somali women's health. Future research will increase understandings of the relationships between food-related occupations and women's roles, identity and health.

National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11738 (URN)10.1080/14427591.2012.734426 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-02-09 Created: 2014-02-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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