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Asian Indian views on diet and health in the United States: importance of understanding cultural and social factors to address disparities.

Authors
  • Mukherjea, Arnab1
  • Underwood, Kelsey Clark
  • Stewart, Anita L
  • Ivey, Susan L
  • Kanaya, Alka M
  • 1 Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family & community health
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
36
Issue
4
Pages
311–323
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31829d2549
PMID: 23986072
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study describes Asian Indian immigrant perspectives surrounding dietary beliefs and practices to identify intervention targets for diabetes and heart disease prevention. Participants were asked about conceptualizations of relationships between culture, food, and health during 4 focus groups (n = 38). Findings reveal influences of beliefs from respondents' native India, preservation of cultural practices within the US social structure, conflicts with subsequent generations, and reinterpretation of health-related knowledge through a lens, hybridizing both "native" and "host" contexts. Galvanization of ethnically valued beliefs incorporating family and community structures is needed for multipronged approaches to reduce disproportionate burdens of disease among this understudied minority community.

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