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Title:Conceptual Problems in Nutrition Education in Western Nigeria
Author:Bankole, Naomi
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:baby food
nutrition education
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Women's Issues
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9192(82)90031-8
Abstract:A pilot survey of the factors affecting infant feeding practices in rural Western Nigeria, carried out in 1975, highlighted intercultural perceptual problems. Results showed widespread use of imported, high-cost carbohydrate foods and great resistance to the early introduction of local health-protective items. It was commonly thought that 'too much food' was bad for a child. Staff responsible for health education are held in a degree of disrepute not conducive to the acceptance of their educational efforts in the community. Recommendations include control of advertising; reviewed staff orientation and training? and, an intensive campaign to re-establish breast feeding as the cultural norm. Postscript. Fig., notes, tab.