Exploring Adolescent girls’ Food-Talk in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: A Qualitative Study

Lajina Ghimire, Ulla Ashorn

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    This study aimed to analyze how adolescent girls residing in Kathmandu valley, Nepal, talk about food within the context of their everyday experiences. We conducted 10 in-depth and four focus group interviews. Qualitative thematic analysis based on the constructivist paradigm was used to organize the interviews. The Utilitarian domain contained health statements using biomedical language and lay theories on health. Hedonic talk emphasized the taste of food, but notions about enjoyment were limited. Collective talk constructed an ideal family. In agency talk, the interviewees described their active role in achieving a slim body. Participants were not concerned about food insecurity but about eating too much.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Describing ideal family
    • lay theories of health
    • slim body
    • taste of food

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Food Science
    • Ecology


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