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Correspondence: sargese@emory.edu

SSP and SAC conceived the study and secured funding for the research; SSP led data collection and contributed to instrument development and to writing the manuscript; SG contributed to instrument development and data management.

SAC contributed to instrument development and led writing of the manuscript.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

We are thankful to study participants and to Dr. M. C. Yadavannavar for coordinating the data collection and Dr. Veena Algur for translating the instruments into the local language.

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

The instruments are provided as Additional file.

The datasets supporting the results of the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.


Research Funding:

This project was supported by Award Number 3D43HD065249-03S1 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and by a grant from Emory University’s Global Health Institute.


  • Chronic disease
  • Data collection
  • Gender roles
  • Globalization
  • Grandmothers
  • India

Grandmothers' perspectives on the changing context of health in India


Journal Title:

BMC Research Notes


Volume 10, Number 1


, Pages 263-263

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Article | Final Publisher PDF


Background: The prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases is increasing in India and around the world. As globalization and social changes are believed to be at the root of these epidemiological changes, these factors must be better understood. This study engaged older adults to gain an important perspective on globalization and health. Methods: A free-list instrument and a structured survey were developed and used to gather data on changes in diet, activity, and women's roles from ten grandmothers in rural India. Results: Grandmothers indicated that household chores and food preparation are less labor-intensive and time-consuming due to mechanization and the availability of prepared foods than a generation earlier. Families are more often eating food out, bringing prepared food home, and using ready-made food mixes; adolescents are continuing to eat meals at home, but now snack with friends outside the home more frequently. Conclusions: Using both a free-list instrument and a structured survey, grandmothers were able to provide insights about the changing context of dietary patterns and family roles arising with globalization that may be contributing to the rise in chronic disease.

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This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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