Raising the issue of overweight and obesity with the South Asian community

Published Date: 25 Jul 2014

Despite being at higher risk for chronic disorders, the South Asian population remains largely under-represented in clinical and applied health research or service design, and is less likely to access or be referred to relevant services compared with the white population.3 This adds to the multiple disadvantages faced by some ethnic minority communities.

Mainstream research practices that elicit the participation of the majority population can sometimes exclude minority populations because the nature of the methods used are not always culturally appropriate. Given the prevalence and consequences of overweight/obesity in the South Asian population in the UK, it is important to identify strategies for raising the issue of overweight/obesity with this group, although there is little evidence on raising this sensitive issue with patients generally.

Rukhsana Bibi