Aspects of Culture in Weight Management
Cultural foods prepared with excess fat and salt hamper weight-loss efforts.
Family gatherings offering large amounts of food make portion control difficult.
Research shows that individuals from other countries have difficulty adjusting to calorie-rich foods offered in the U.S. They may not be able to prepare food with ingredients they use in their native countries.
Differences exist in cultural norms regarding body weight. What one culture regards as obese, another may regard as healthy and attractive.
Racial and ethnic health disparities are often linked to:
- Poorer health outcomes
- Lower quality care