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6 March 2012 | PR 12/43

University to share health findings with Charnwood Bangladeshi community

photo by Vanja Garaj

Photograph by Vanja Garaj

Loughborough University and the Bangladesh Social Association of Charnwood will share findings of a study exploring the impact of migration on the health, wellbeing and beliefs of Bangladeshi women.

Project MINA: Migration, Nutrition and Ageing across the Lifecourse in Bangladeshi Families, is a three-year project examining diet, food practices and beliefs, and experiences and perceptions of ageing of two generations of Bengali females.

The Bangladeshi community is one of the UK’s most disadvantaged, suffering from high rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems associated with poor diet and social exclusion.

There are around 5000 Bangladeshi adults and children living in the Borough of Charnwood.

Researchers interviewed 77 mothers and daughters in Cardiff (Wales) and 44 mothers and daughters in Sylhet (Bangladesh) to understand their eating patterns and attitudes to health.

They found that compared to women of a similar age in Bangladesh, both the first and the second generation Bangladeshi women in the UK are generally more overweight and obese, which can be attributed to sedentary lifestyles combined with relatively high energy consumption.

They are also more likely to report their health as poor or very poor, having a long-standing illness and experiencing fair or poor emotional status as compared to women living in Bangladesh.

Professor Barry Bogin, a specialist in human biology and anthropology in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, explains:

“While migration generally improves families’ economic status and has positive impacts for second generation descendants, it may also have a number of negative implications for health and ageing.

“By gaining a better understanding of Bengali women’s eating and lifestyle habits we can provide targeted advice for health promotion initiatives to prevent long-term illness and encourage a healthier, more active lifestyle.” 

This special community event takes place at the Bangladesh Social Association in Loughborough on Thursday 15 March from 10am.  To register your attendance or find out more please contact Barry Bogin at b.a.bogin@lboro.ac.uk  or Hiron Miah on hiron786@hotmail.com

Project MINA was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council UK, under the New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme. The research also involved academics from Bristol, Brunel, Sheffield and Swansea universities and the University College London School of Pharmacy.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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