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Barriers to Healthy Dietary Choice Amongst Students in Sri Lanka as Perceived by School Principals and Staff

Townsend, Nick; Williams, Julianne; Wickramasinghe, Kremlin; Karunarathne, Waruni; Olupeliyawa, Asela; Manoharan, Seenithamby; Friel, Sharon

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Sri Lanka has experienced a massive demographic, environmental, economic and social transition in recent decades. Over this period of time the country has undergone rapid urbanization leading to accompanying shifts in lifestyle and it suffers a double burden of under- and over-nutrition. Current programmes in the country focus on improving the dietary behaviour of secondary school students. The purpose of this study was to investigate principal’s perceptions on barriers to healthy dietary...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTownsend, Nick
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Julianne
dc.contributor.authorWickramasinghe, Kremlin
dc.contributor.authorKarunarathne, Waruni
dc.contributor.authorOlupeliyawa, Asela
dc.contributor.authorManoharan, Seenithamby
dc.contributor.authorFriel, Sharon
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:43:02Z
dc.date.available2015-12-07T22:43:02Z
dc.identifier.issn0957-4824
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/24823
dc.description.abstractSri Lanka has experienced a massive demographic, environmental, economic and social transition in recent decades. Over this period of time the country has undergone rapid urbanization leading to accompanying shifts in lifestyle and it suffers a double burden of under- and over-nutrition. Current programmes in the country focus on improving the dietary behaviour of secondary school students. The purpose of this study was to investigate principal’s perceptions on barriers to healthy dietary choice among pupils within a socio-ecological framework. Focus groups (n = 11) were carried out with school principals and staff (n = 55) in two rural districts of Sri Lanka. Principals identified a number of barriersto healthy dietary choice bystudents, which could be found at a numberof levels of influence of a socio-ecological framework: (i) structural level barriers included educational and agricultural policies, (ii) living and working level barriers included employment opportunities and local food production, (iii) social and community level barriers included traditions and social/cultural beliefs and (iv) individual level barriers included knowledge and preference. Findings from this study suggest that the barriers to healthy dietary choice amongst secondary school students in Sri Lanka occur at many levels supporting the use of multifactorial programmes to promote healthy eating. Only from understanding these barriers and finding ways to counter them can we hope to reduce the double burden of under- and over-nutrition the country is currently suffering.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.sourceHealth Promotion International
dc.titleBarriers to Healthy Dietary Choice Amongst Students in Sri Lanka as Perceived by School Principals and Staff
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumePublished Online 17 June 2015
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5734898xPUB34
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTownsend, Nick, University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Julianne , University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationWickramasinghe, Kremlin , University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationKarunarathne, Waruni , Integrating Nutrition Promotion and Rural Development Project
local.contributor.affiliationOlupeliyawa, Asela, Faculty of Medicine,University of Colombo,
local.contributor.affiliationManoharan, Seenithamby, World Bank
local.contributor.affiliationFriel, Sharon, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage11
local.identifier.doi10.1093/heapro/dav056
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:38:39Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85015944205
local.identifier.thomsonID000396900300013
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