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Preferences, quantities and concerns: socio-cultural perspectives on the gendered consumption of foods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10369489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A review of the sociological research regarding the gendered features of food consumption is presented. The focus is upon differences between women and men in regard to their preferences for particular foods and types of meals, seen in relation to the cultural function of foods as symbolic markers of femininity or masculinity, assessments of the quantities of food consumed by women and men respectively, and differences between women and men in regard to concerns with food safety, health, weight reduction and fitness. Some methodological limitations of this research are discussed with particular reference to the need for interdisciplinary cooperation between sociologists and nutritionists in the design and analysis of dietary surveys. Suggestions are made in regard to future directions for sociological research in this field, with particular reference to the issue that dietary recommendations appear to focus upon increasing the consumption of foods that are markers of femininity and decreasing the consumption of foods that are markers of masculinity in Western food culture.
K O'Doherty Jensen; L Holm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0954-3007     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  1999 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-22     Completed Date:  1999-07-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Department of Human Nutrition, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Food Preferences*
Sex Characteristics*
Social Behavior*

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