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Fruit and vegetable consumption among migrants in Switzerland


Volken, Thomas; Rüesch, Peter; Guggisberg, Jürg (2013). Fruit and vegetable consumption among migrants in Switzerland. Public Health Nutrition, 16(1):156-163.

Abstract

Objective To assess the relative risk of low daily fruit and vegetable consumption for six large migrant groups in Switzerland. Design Cross-sectional health survey carried out 2007 (Swiss Health Survey) and 2010 (Swiss Migrant Health Survey) in Switzerland. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to estimate relative risk rates (RRR) of migrants relative to Swiss nationals. Setting Data obtained from representative samples of Swiss and foreign nationals living in Switzerland. Subjects A random sample (n 14637) of the Portuguese, German, Italian, Turkish, Serbian, Kosovan and Swiss permanent resident adult population (17-64 years old) was interviewed. Results The proportion of participants who adhered to the recommended fruit and vegetable consumption was below one-third in all study populations. Compared with Swiss nationals, the relative risk of low daily fruit and vegetable intake relative to recommended intake was higher in Turkish nationals (RRR = 2·92, 95 % CI 1·91, 4·48; P = 0·0000) and Kosovan nationals (RRR = 4·76, 95 % CI 3·01, 7·55; P = 0·0000). The respective relative risks of Portuguese, Serbian, German and Italian nationals were not significantly different from the Swiss reference group. Conclusions Initiatives for the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption should continue to address the population at large. At the same time, programmes that are tailored to the specific needs of migrants from Turkey and Kosovo should be considered

Abstract

Objective To assess the relative risk of low daily fruit and vegetable consumption for six large migrant groups in Switzerland. Design Cross-sectional health survey carried out 2007 (Swiss Health Survey) and 2010 (Swiss Migrant Health Survey) in Switzerland. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to estimate relative risk rates (RRR) of migrants relative to Swiss nationals. Setting Data obtained from representative samples of Swiss and foreign nationals living in Switzerland. Subjects A random sample (n 14637) of the Portuguese, German, Italian, Turkish, Serbian, Kosovan and Swiss permanent resident adult population (17-64 years old) was interviewed. Results The proportion of participants who adhered to the recommended fruit and vegetable consumption was below one-third in all study populations. Compared with Swiss nationals, the relative risk of low daily fruit and vegetable intake relative to recommended intake was higher in Turkish nationals (RRR = 2·92, 95 % CI 1·91, 4·48; P = 0·0000) and Kosovan nationals (RRR = 4·76, 95 % CI 3·01, 7·55; P = 0·0000). The respective relative risks of Portuguese, Serbian, German and Italian nationals were not significantly different from the Swiss reference group. Conclusions Initiatives for the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption should continue to address the population at large. At the same time, programmes that are tailored to the specific needs of migrants from Turkey and Kosovo should be considered

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Medicine (miscellaneous)
Health Sciences > Nutrition and Dietetics
Health Sciences > Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Language:English
Date:1 January 2013
Deposited On:26 Oct 2018 15:14
Last Modified:18 Feb 2024 02:47
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1368-9800
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s1368980012001292
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Description: Nationallizenz 142-005