Impact of living away from home country on the health behaviours of international students at the University of Chester, UK. A cross-sectional study
Other TitlesExamining the impact of migration on health and modifiable health behaviours of individuals
AbstractBackground: A fairly substantial body of evidence indicates that modifiable health behaviours may vary contingent upon a students’ residency, including whether students are studying away from their home country. This study aimed to investigate the impact of living away from home country on some lifestyles of international students at the University of Chester, UK. Method: Twenty-two international postgraduate students (23-41 years) at the University of Chester completed validated questionnaires relating to self-reported dietary patterns, physical activity and sleep quality based on circumstances before and after arrival in the UK. Self-reported body mass index (BMI) and self-reported waist circumference were also recorded. Results: Arrival in the UK was associated with a decreased adherence to the Mediterranean diet (p= .857), manifested in decreased fish, fruits and vegetables consumption. Decreased participation in sports (p= .007), as well as decreased sleep duration (p= .179) was reported upon arrival in the UK. Poor sleep quality was found to be prevalent within this sample (54.5%). The study observed both positive and negative lifestyle changes overall, although the latter was predominant. Conclusion: This sample of international students made more unfavourable changes in their dietary intake, physical activity levels and sleep duration upon relocating to the UK. It is imperative that close attention is paid to how international students adjust to life within the UK in order to provide healthier climate for learning.
CitationSowah, S. A. (2016). Impact of living away from home country on the health behaviours of international students at the University of Chester, UK. A cross-sectional study (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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