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Perceptions of overweight African women about acceptable body size of women and children

Z Mvo
Curationis | Vol 22, No 2 | a719 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v22i2.719 | © 1999 Z Mvo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1999 | Published: 27 September 1999

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Z Mvo,, South Africa

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Abstract

Purpose: Malnutrition, presenting as obesity in women and under-nutrition in children, is a prevalent problem in the squatter communities of Cape Town. Food habits are determined by a complex matrix of economic, social and cultural factors which need to be understood by health professionals prior to the implementation of strategies to improve the nutritional status of this community. This qualitative study is designed to explore the perceptions of overweight black women in Cape Town, with underweight infants, about the culturally acceptable body size for women and children.

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