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Cultural and social influences on food consumption in dutch residents of Turkish and moroccan origin: a qualitative study.
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PMID:  19508928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the social and cultural influences on food intake in 2 non-Western migrant origin groups. The authors were particularly interested in the influence of the traditional culture and its relevance within the context of migration and associated changes in social, economic and cultural context, including acculturation.
DESIGN: Qualitative focus group discussions.
SETTING: City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
PARTICIPANTS: Young adults of Turkish and Moroccan migrant origin.
PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Social and cultural influences on food intake.
ANALYSIS: Focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using framework analysis.
RESULTS: A dominant theme that emerged is that of hospitality and the central role of food herein. Hospitality is rooted within the cultural and religious tradition of both groups. Additional themes that emerged were: cultural identity; migration and lifestyle change; and acculturation.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Among Dutch residents of Turkish and Moroccan migrant origin, the central role of food in culture coupled with the changes that come about as a result of migration create an environment of abundance that can lead to overeating, which may impact energy balance and overweight development. These results indicate that younger members of migrant origin populations continue to value their traditional food cultures, underpinning the need for interventions to be culturally sensitive.
Mary Nicolaou; Colleen M Doak; Rob M van Dam; Johannes Brug; Karien Stronks; Jaap C Seidell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2009 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-10     Completed Date:  2009-07-22     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  232-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Medicine, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Eating / ethnology*
Emigration and Immigration
Focus Groups
Food Habits / ethnology*
Health Behavior / ethnology
Morocco / ethnology
Turkey / ethnology
Young Adult

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