Twenty five percent of South Asian (SA) children living in the UK are obese; this is almost 10% more than white British children. Some of this is due to their biological make-up, and some because of their lifestyle behaviours; for example research has shown that their diets are higher in sugar and fat, they spend less time being active and more time watching TV. Many SA children live in deprived areas, and deprivation is also related to higher risk of obesity. Obesity in children can lead to a high risk of disease such as heart disease and type 2-diabetes in adulthood. A recent search found that only five studies world-wide had tested the effectiveness of obesity prevention programmes for SA children. These studies had mixed results; all of the programmes were based in schools and they included little or no parental involvement, however, it is considered that parent and family involvement is essential in addressing childhood obesity. Religious settings may be a better place than schools to engage parents, the wider family and community in obesity prevention for SA children. Most SA children in the UK are of Islamic faith.
Islamic Religious Settings (IRS) include Mosques (mainly attended by men), Madrasas (Islamic schools where children are taught daily) and Women’s circles (groups where women meet to study Islam). This research aims to explore whether IRS are a good setting for an obesity prevention programme for SA children aged 5-11 years old using the following research activities:
|Start Date:||June 2017|
|End Date:|| November 2018