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What Changes When We Move? A Transnational Exploration of Dietary Acculturation

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Abstract:

This study aimed to explore Mexican dietary acculturation patterns among immigrants using a unique transnational photographic assessment. Participants (N = 10) were Latino mother and child pairs living in Mexico (1 pair) and in the United States (4 pairs). Data were collected in 2 phases: 1) participant observation and photography in Mexico, and 2) in-depth interviewing using photographic guides in North Carolina. Environment, daily activity patterns, shopping, and dietary patterns in Mexico were all documented. Acculturation resulted in poor dietary intake due to decreased availability, food displacement, and cost. Decreases in physical activity due to environmental and social barriers were also reported.

Keywords: Latino; dietary acculturation; migration; photographic

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03670240903022379

Affiliations: 1: Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA 2: Department of Public Health Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA 3: Department of Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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