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Healthy Workshop: A glimpse into low-carbohydrate high-fat diets in South Africa

  • Fechas:

    Del 30/09/19 al 30/09/19

  • Lugar:

    UOC_22@, Rambla Poble Nou, 156, Barcelona, España (mapa)

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Lab and science meetings are an attractive usual part of academic life. From Health Sciences Studies, an initiative (under the heading of 'Healthy Workshops') has been launched to meet periodically in the framework of research and innovation. Our meetings involve discussion of research related to the health sciences and other topics that may be of interest to a culture focused on the Knowledge Society and the use of digital technologies in different fields (education, health, etc.).

Our meetings provide an opportunity to share our own research as well as learn more about what our colleagues are doing; provide a venue for practicing presentation skills and providing and receiving constructive feedback in a supportive environment; and finally, provide a forum for communication about current progress, upcoming events and collaborative efforts.

The main purposes of the Healthy workshops are:
  • To know the research that is being carried out in our university.
  • To share ideas.
  • To disseminate information.
  • To nurture critical thinking
  • To foster a sense of participation and integration among all members of our studies and University.
Everyone is welcome to attend!


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Dr Kate Larmuth and Georgina Pujol-Busquets Guillén are researchers working at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Human Biology Department from the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This Division is based in the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town. 

Information about the talk:

Georgina will be presenting at the Nutrients conference in Barcelona on the 27th of September called Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases. The title of the presentation is "Exploring the Perceptions of women from Under-Resourced South African Communities about Participating in a Nutrition Education Program: A Qualitative Focus Group Study"



Scientific evidence suggests that low-carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) diets may be effective for managing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Eat Better South Africa (EBSA) is an organization which has run LCHF nutrition education programs for women from low-income mixed-race communities. This study is part of a larger project to evaluate if the EBSA program improves participants’ health. Three focus group discussions (FGDs) were held with 18 women who had taken part in an EBSA program between 2015 and 2017, to explore their perceptions and to identify the facilitators and barriers they faced to implement and sustain dietary changes. Thematic analysis of the focus groups was conducted using NVivo 12 software. Women reported that they decided to enrol in the program because they suffered from NCDs and believed the program would improve these conditions. Most women said that the diet made them feel less hungry, more energetic, and felt that their health had improved. Although most of the women reported that they remembered what they had learned about nutrition, they spoke of numerous socioeconomic challenges which made it difficult for them to follow EBSA’s recommendations. These challenges included work status, safety issues in the community, and lack of support from relatives and doctors. Hence, women felt they needed more support from EBSA after the program. Some of the social determinants that affected these women’s ability to change their health behaviour are also NCD risk factors, and these should be assessed if the program is to be improved for other communities.


The workshop will consist of a presentation of the findings from Georgina’s study as well as an update on her latest work – a mixed method pilot evaluation of EBSA in an under-resourced community in Cape Town South Africa. Furthermore, Kate will present an observational mixed methods study on the eating behaviour and physical outcomes of type 2 diabetics on a long-term low carbohydrate high fat diet.



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