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Towards more comprehensive analyses of the Nutrition Transition among adolescents in the rural South: an empirical contribution

Picchioni, F., Zanello, G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0477-1385, Bhattacharya, M., Gowdru, N. and Srinivasan, S. (2022) Towards more comprehensive analyses of the Nutrition Transition among adolescents in the rural South: an empirical contribution. In: Kevany, K. and Prosperi, P. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Diets. Routledge Environment and Sustainability Handbooks. Routledge. ISBN 9781032004860 (In Press)

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The processes of rural transformation, defined as socio-economic changes that affect the ways people live and organise their livelihoods in agrarian contexts, can have profound impacts on diets and physical activity patterns. Such processes can change food environments in ways that can increase availability of calorie-dense and processed foods options. At the same time the introduction of technological innovation may modify the intensity of rural livelihood activities (i.e. work, travel, and leisure). Therefore, when designing research, policies and interventions that address the challenges to achieve the production and consumption of sustainable diets, there is a need to recognise the holistic nature of shifting lifestyles and what is needed to reverse the interconnected obesity and environmental crises from a food systems perspective. This chapter showcases a novel approach that integrates data from wearable activity-trackers in a mixed-method study design to further our understanding on the interplay between changing diets and physical activity among adolescents in rural Telangana (India). We also include reflections on the ethical and practical considerations when engaging with adolescents in research. The aim of the chapter is to demonstrate the advantages of engaging with a holistic concept of sustainable lifestyles (comprising diets and physical activity) to address the health challenges adolescents face in rapidly transforming societies.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:105776
Publisher:Routledge

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