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An Anthropological Study of Eating Perspectives, Meal Composition, and Food Choices Among Diverse Student Populations

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Date Issued:
2017
Abstract/Description:
My thesis explores the factors that shape or reinforce international college students' perceptions of food. This research not only examines how cultural values affect individual nutrition and maintenance of eating behaviors, it also addresses the extent to which accessibility impacts eating behaviors. Notably, the research endeavor uses the concept of dietary habitus as an underlying directive mechanism for study. This study finds that most students experience a reduction in their fruit and vegetable intake. Another finding suggests that international students eat healthier and are more structured in comparison to domestic students if they hybridize their dietary habitus. Research findings also suggest that most participants perceive food on campus to be both equally healthy and unhealthy, with limited accessibility to national cuisines and affordable healthy foods.
Title: An Anthropological Study of Eating Perspectives, Meal Composition, and Food Choices Among Diverse Student Populations.
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Name(s): Daws, Chelsea, Author
Matejowsky, Ty, Committee Chair
Williams, Lana, Committee Member
Geiger, Vance, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: My thesis explores the factors that shape or reinforce international college students' perceptions of food. This research not only examines how cultural values affect individual nutrition and maintenance of eating behaviors, it also addresses the extent to which accessibility impacts eating behaviors. Notably, the research endeavor uses the concept of dietary habitus as an underlying directive mechanism for study. This study finds that most students experience a reduction in their fruit and vegetable intake. Another finding suggests that international students eat healthier and are more structured in comparison to domestic students if they hybridize their dietary habitus. Research findings also suggest that most participants perceive food on campus to be both equally healthy and unhealthy, with limited accessibility to national cuisines and affordable healthy foods.
Identifier: CFE0006581 (IID), ucf:51348 (fedora)
Note(s): 2017-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Anthropology
Masters
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Subject(s): Acculturation -- campus food environment -- eating perspectives -- ethnography -- anthropology -- international students -- domestic students -- dietary habitus -- individual nutrition -- meal composition -- hybridization -- agency -- resistance
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006581
Restrictions on Access: campus 2022-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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