Poster Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition
Poster Board Number: 90
Objective: To elucidate perspectives of South Asian college students about their dietary choices and acculturation.
Methods: Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with South Asian college students attending an urban senior college in New York City. Interview questions explored explanatory models of dietary choices and differences from dietary choices made in countries of origin.
Results: Participants (N=19) included both first and second generation immigrants with various countries of origin and religions. Apart from convenience and shortage of time, themes associated with dietary choices were importance of health, awareness of disease risk due to family history and peer influences. Themes associated with dietary changes were cost of vegetables vs. meat, taste of vegetables and dependence on processed foods.
Conclusion: This qualitative study provided a more nuanced understanding of dietary acculturation among South Asian college students. Findings may be useful in developing culturally sensitive interventions to improve nutrition and health in this population.
Flushing, New York