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Understanding the sociocultural roots of childhood obesity: food practices among Latino families of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17383060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite prevention efforts, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This ethnographic study seeks to enhance understandings of the sociocultural dimensions of childhood obesity and inform prevention efforts. Using participant observation, interviews, and life histories, this research probes the sociocultural roots of childhood obesity by exploring the food practices and everyday lives of Latino families in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a low-income neighborhood in New York City. Mired in persistent poverty, Latino families burdened by teetering resources provide for their children using coping strategies in which everyday food practices play an important part. These practices illuminate cultural ideas about good parenting, well-being, and conceptions of the body. We argue that these practices, embedded in the neighborhood food environment, drive food choice and related activities of families, often leading to overweight and obesity in their children. They form the sociocultural roots of childhood obesity, and their implications are critically important for how public health professionals approach the relationship of food, nutrition, and obesity.
Leslie Kaufman; Adam Karpati
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-03-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-08     Completed Date:  2007-07-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2177-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics*
Food Preferences*
Hispanic Americans*
Interviews as Topic
New York City
Obesity / etiology*

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