Diet and Exercise: Lifestyle and Health Choices of Older Pakistanis in Bradford

Diet and Exercise: Lifestyle and Health Choices of Older Pakistanis in Bradford

This book explores the lifestyle and health choices of older British Pakistanis (49+) living in the City of Bradford through examining dietary habits and physical exercise among this group. This issue was explored through conducting qualitative research through in-depth interview and presented in a rich qualitative method.

This research allows the reader to understand about the dietary habits among older Pakistanis, how they make their food choices; how much they understand about the food they purchase. Also the ways in which their diet has changed over time and the influence of British cuisine. We learn for example that migration has had a major impact on the dietary habits of older Pakistanis.

We are also in better position to understand attitudes of older Pakistanis towards physical activity and recreation including the frequency of physical activity; differences among men and women; the way they organize physical activity around their daily lives, work and family. This book fulfils an important health knowledge gap.

This book will be an invaluable book among academics, health researchers as well as lay people who wish to learn about the Pakistan community in a particular context.

Dr Ikhlaq Din is an experienced researcher having worked for the Centre for Research in Primary Care, School of Medicine, University of Leeds; Institute of General Practice and Primary Care, School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sheffield; School of Health Studies University of Bradford and the Open University. He has also served as a advisor to a number of national and international organisations.

Dr Din’s previous books include ‘Ethnicity and Englishness: Personal Identities in a Minority Community’ (2006) with Professor Cullingford and ‘The New British: The Impact of Community and Change on Pakistanis’ (2006). His next major book will be titled ‘Health and Exercise: Leisure Activities and Diet among Young Pakistanis in Bradford’ published by Cambridge Scholars Press.


“Diet and Exercise: Lifestyle and Health Choices of Older Pakistanis in Bradford” provides an original work examining the attitudes to, opinions and experiences of the dietary and exercise choices of older Pakistanis in Britain. This work offers a comparative analysis of how these attitudes and experiences have changed over-time, across cultural borders (between Pakistan and Britain) and with evolving sources of information, both through up-to-date health research, and through different media (from healthcare professionals through television and radio, to more recently developing internet sources). This book with be of primary interest to anyone interested in cultural differences in diet and exercise, from healthcare professionals to policy makers; and the extremely well described qualitative methodology will be particularly useful for all researchers who use such methods. Dr Ikhlaq Din’s book also delivers a fascinating insight into migratory patterns and pressures faced by early Pakistani migrants to the UK, how these have changed over the last few decades and allows the voices of these older people to be heard verbatim within their own cultural milieu.”
Dr David Lee; Clinical Fellow; Institute for Ageing and Health, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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ISBN: 1-84718-645-9

ISBN13: 9781847186454

Release Date: 21st August 2008

Pages: 180

Price: £29.99