Mr Isaac Addo

Postgraduate Research

Research Area: Health Promotion Development & Evaluation

Research Topic: Determinants of Adiposity-Related Behaviour Patterns Associated with Risks of Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases (NCDs): A Study of sub-Saharan African Immigrants in Australia
Supervisors: Prof John de Wit, Dr Loren Brener

Co Supervisor: Dr Augustine Asante

This study mainly seeks to investigate the influence of immigration on food and physical activity behaviour patterns among Australian residents of sub-Saharan African ancestry. Specifically, the study examines food and physical activity behaviour patterns putting the immigrants at risk of adiposity and related NCDs; understand the extent to which the behaviour patterns are related to immigration; and discuss the underlying factors influencing the behaviour patterns.

Non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) are increasingly becoming major public health problems across the globe (WHO, 2016). Adiposity, or an increase in body fatness, is recognised as a major risk factor for NCDs (Lee et al., 2012; Leung, 2014; WHO, 2015). Evidence suggests that risk of developing adiposity-related NCDs can be reduced or prevented through modifiable human behaviour, such as the practising of healthy eating and engagement in regular physical activity (Colagiuri, Thomas, & Buckley, 2007; Lee et al., 2012; WHO, 2015). However, the extent to which immigration to a higher income country influences changes in food and physical activity behaviour patterns are unclear in the empirical literature. Guided by evidence-based explanations for human behaviour, including acculturation theory and theory of triadic influence, the study hopes to offer new perspectives to understanding behaviour patterns associated with risk of adiposity and related NCDs.

Publications

Journal Articles

Addo, I.Y. and Danso, S. Y. (2017) Socio-cultural factors and perceptions associated with voluntary and permanent relocation of flood victims: A case study of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in Ghana. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 9(1), a303. doi: 10.4102/jamba.v9i1.303 ISSN: (Online) 2072-845X, (Print) 1996-1421

Ampomah, I. G. and Addo, I. Y. (2016). Linking the Disease Component of the Epidemiological Transition Model with Contemporary Health Problems of the Aged: An Assessment of Self-Reported Cases in Yamoransa, Ghana. International Journal of Lean Thinking, 7(1): 1-12.

Danso, S. Y. and Addo, I. Y. (2016). Coping strategies of households affected by flooding: A case study of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in Ghana, Urban Water Journaldoi: 10.1080/1573062X.2016.1176223

Addo, I. Y. and Ampomah I. G. (2015). Utilisation of reproductive health services among young people in Sawua, Ghana. Clinical Medicine Review, Libertas Academica, United States.

Evans Danso, Isaac Yeboah Addo, Irene Ampomah Gyamfuah (2015). Patients’ Compliance with tuberculosis treatment in Suhum Kroboa Coaltar, Ghana, Advances In Public Healthdoi: 10.1155/2015/948487

Isaac Yeboah Addo (2015). Refugees’ Expectations of Durable Solutions to their Problems: Deliberations from the Buduburam Camp in Ghana, GeoJournal, 80 (1). doi: 10.1007/s10708-015-9632-8

Irene Ampomah Gyamfuah, Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, Eugene K.M. Darteh, Isaac Yeboah Addo (2014). Perceptions of the aged about traditional and modern medicines in Yamoransa, Ghana. Journal of Community Health, 40(2). doi: 10.1007/s10900-014-9922-y

Book Chapter

Addo, I. Y. (2016). When Are We Leaving? Refugees’ Sentiments about their Entrapments in the Buduburam Camp, Ghana. Advances in Sociology Research. Volume 20, Chapter: 6. Nova Science Publisher.