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Eating & Physical Activity Among Arab Muslim Mothers Of Young Children Living In The Us: Barriers & Influences

EATING & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG ARAB MUSLIM MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN LIVING IN THE US: BARRIERS & INFLUENCES

Name:
Heba Eldoumi

Department:
Nutritional Sciences

Abstract:
Overweight and obesity are caused by many factors such as metabolic, psychological and/or genetic disorders. However, sociocultural influences can also contribute to the increased prevalence of overweight and obesity. Behavior changes as a result of westernization and cultural/religious barriers that may potentially affect diet and engagement in physical activities, dietary patterns and levels of physical activity of Arab Muslim mothers of young children residing in a predominantly western non-Muslim society (i.e., United States) were explored in this research.