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Food, Nutrition and Poverty Among Asylum-seekers in North-West Ireland

Creator:

Manandhar, M., Share, M., Friel, S.,Walsh, O. and Hardy, F.

Subject Keywords: FOOD POVERTY, NUTRITION, SOCIAL EXCLUSION
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Obesity
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

In response to concerns expressed by asylum seekers in the North West of Ireland, this research aimed to document dietary intake and food choices and behaviour among asylum seekers in counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, and to explore the social and economic context. A total of 86 asylum seekers living in Direct Provision and in rented accommodation in the community participated in the study. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to assess daily nutrient intake and food patterns and underlying economic and social factors. Study results highlighted issues of concern for nutritional status and health and wellbeing, particularly weight gain, high calorie intake from protein and fats, limited food choice, food poverty, and social exclusion. Recommendations are outlined for policy, community and individual actions, for the Direct Provision system, and for health service planning and delivery in order to promote, protect and improve health and well-being for asylum seekers and reduce their food poverty.

Date:

01/05/2006

Rights: © Combat Poverty Agency
Suggested citation:

Manandhar, M., Share, M., Friel, S.,Walsh, O. and Hardy, F.. (2006) Food, Nutrition and Poverty Among Asylum-seekers in North-West Ireland [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/3914 [Accessed: 13th November 2019].

  

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