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Title: A mixed-methods examination of the dietary and physical activity characteristics of overweight and obese South Asian men living in the UK
Author: Emadian, Amir Hossein
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 3411
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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South Asian men living in the (UK) have higher rates of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) compared with their white British counterparts. Diet, physical activity (PA) and sedentary time (ST) are important risk factors for the development of T2DM. The aim of this thesis was to use a mixed-method approach to assess diet, PA and ST, as well as to explore the factors influencing these behaviours in overweight and obese South Asian men living in the UK. Study 1 revealed there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend that any specific diet is superior in improving glycaemic control, but did display the crucial role weight loss plays in the management of T2DM. Study 2 indicated that 54% of overweight and obese UK South Asian men had a ‘healthy’ diet. Results from study 3 indicated that only 24.1% of the men met the minimum PA recommendations. Qualitative findings from study 2 and 3 revealed the unique sociocultural factors influencing diet and PA behaviours in South Asian men. The findings from this thesis can be used to advise the development of culturally tailored programmes and interventions to help reduce T2DM rates in this high-risk population.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DS Asia ; QP Physiology ; RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine