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Table 2 Daughters’ suggestions for healthy change

From: Perceptions of diet, physical activity, and obesity-related health among black daughter-mother pairs in Soweto, South Africa: a qualitative study

Topic Suggestions
Eating healthy • Increase consumption of:
 • water, fruits and vegetables, fiber, foods from across the food chain
• Reduce consumption of:
 • fizzy and cold drinks, oily foods, salt, sugar, animal based foods, dairy products, sweets, and junk, reuse of old cooking oil
• Begin to eat healthy bit by bit
• Vegetables need to be prepared in an exciting, tasty way
Physical activity • Start small and work your way up to more difficult activities
 • Start with walking, then jogging, then calisthenics
 • Jog before you join the gym so you don’t get tired and waste money
• It’s the little things
 • Walk instead of drive, use the stairs instead of the lift
 • Do work around the house that makes you sweat
• Overcoming issues around safety:
 • Walk with a friend/in a group
 • Avoid traffic by jogging in the streets early after morning rush
 • Walk/jog when it is not dark, and not too late into the evening
 • Even though there may be crime, you are safe if you are from there because people will look out for you and will notice if there is something suspicious going on
 • Let someone know where you are going and what you are doing
 • Do not walk the same time every day to avoid creating a pattern
Individual motivations/Mindsets • People need an individual motivating factor to help them be healthy. If they can’t see what the benefit is for them individually, it won’t matter.
 • “You can take a horse to the river, but you can’t make him drink”
• Don’t stress about eating healthy – obsessing about weight makes you gain weight. Just eat normally.
• People need self-discipline to both eat healthy and exercise
• Need to do things now in order to care for yourself in the future. Prevent problems before they happen.
• Some people can’t help how they eat, and it’s not sufficient to just say ‘be strict.’ They need social support and more direction with their diet.
Society • Government Intervention
 • Education and awareness: need to show people how they can be healthy when they don’t have money, not why it is important
 • Address unemployment and access-related issues before addressing types of foods people should eat
 • Support community initiatives that turn unused space into gardens, etc.
 • Make junk food less available
• Programs about healthy lifestyles directed at children need to be exciting
• Target children when trying to change mindsets around health
• The time between high school and adulthood is the critical time when women don’t have access to physical activity, and lose the habit