'Big is beautiful' – an exploration with urban black community health workers in a South African township

  • T Puoane
  • J M Fourie
  • M Shapiro
  • L Rosling
  • N C Tshaka
  • A Oelefse

Abstract

Objectives: To explore perceptions about factors associated with body weight and body image among black female community health workers (CHWs) living and working in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Author Biographies

T Puoane
Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Unit, Medical Research Council, Parowvallei, W Cape. Dr PH. (Present address: School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Bellville)
J M Fourie
Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Unit, Medical Research Council, Parowvallei, W Cape. MPhil
M Shapiro
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, USA. RN, BSN
L Rosling
South African Christian Leadership Association (SACLA) (now known as Zanempilo Health Trust). MB BS, MRCGP, DCH (UK) Present address: Can Am Medical Centre, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China)
N C Tshaka
South African Christian Leadership Association (SACLA) (now known as Zanempilo Health Trust). Nursing Admin Dipl (Present address: 3 Cherry Close, Tembani Village, Khayelitsha)
A Oelefse
Nutritional Interventional Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Parowvallei, W Cape. PhD (Present address: Centre for Nutrition, University of Pretoria
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Original Research