Food acquisition habits in a group of African refugees recently settled in Australia

Pereira, Carolina A. N., Larder, Nicolette and Somerset, Shawn (2010) Food acquisition habits in a group of African refugees recently settled in Australia. Health and Place, 16 5: 934-941. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.05.007

Author Pereira, Carolina A. N.
Larder, Nicolette
Somerset, Shawn
Title Food acquisition habits in a group of African refugees recently settled in Australia
Journal name Health and Place   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-8292
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.05.007
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 934
End page 941
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study investigated how recently arrived refugees acquired food in their local food neighbourhood. Ten African humanitarian migrants belonging to separate households were asked to keep a travel and food diary for one week. Participants’ food neighbourhoods were mapped using online satellite pictures and direct observation. On average 78 food outlets were available within a 2 km radius of participants’ homes. Vegetable consumption was higher in participants who resided <1 km from a major grocery retailer (p<0.05). Foods provided during migrant orientation events were the major opportunities where subjects were introduced to foods more typical of reported usual intake in the general sedentee Australian population. The initial 12 months of resettlement is a critical period for acculturation as participants stabilise food habits. While participants seemed not to live in food deserts, intakes of all food groups remained inferior to recommended levels suggesting physical proximity and implied in-store choice alone do not guarantee a healthy diet. Migrant orientation events may represent an important setting for education about suitable options for adopting new foods into diets.
Keyword Dietary acculturation
Food desert
Food acquisition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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