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Unformatted text preview: http://hej.sagepub.com/ Health Education Journal http://hej.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/06/07/0017896910373031 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0017896910373031 published online 2 July 2010 Health Education Journal Gwen E Chapman, Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic and Brenda L Beagan Meanings of food, eating and health in Punjabi families living in Vancouver, Canada Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Health Education Journal Additional services and information for http://hej.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://hej.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: at BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV on September 13, 2010 hej.sagepub.com Downloaded from Article h e j Health Education Journal XX(X) 111 The Author(s) 2010 Reprints and permission: sagepub. co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0017896910373031 http://hej.sagepub.com Corresponding author: Gwen E Chapman, Food, Nutrition and Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada. E-mail: gwen.chapman@ubc.ca Meanings of food, eating and health in Punjabi families living in Vancouver, Canada Gwen E Chapman a , Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic a and Brenda L Beagan b a Food, Nutrition and Health, University of British Columbia, Canada b School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Canada Abstract Objective: South Asians living in western countries have increased risk for developing diet-related chronic disease compared to Caucasians of European heritage. To increase understanding of social and cultural factors associated with their food habits, this study examined the meanings of food, health and well-being embedded in the food practices of families of Punjabi heritage living in Metro Vancouver, Canada. Design: Qualitative research design. Setting: Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Method: Data collection included individual interviews with 39 members of 12 families of Punjabi Sikh origin (ages 13 to 70 years) and participant observation of a grocery shopping trip and family meal. Themes were generated through constant comparative analysis of transcripts to describe, organize and interpret influences on participants food decision-making in families. Findings: Participants descriptions of their eating habits were characterized by contrasts between elders reliance on traditional Indian foods and young peoples desire for their diets to include at least some western food. Participants articulated two different understandings of how food habits affect physical health: a scientific approach that related specific food components (eg, fat, cholesterol, vitamins) to risk of chronic disease, and a view based on centuries of traditional knowledge about food. Food choice was also shaped by concerns for the psychosocial well-being of individual family members, exemplified by womens attention to...
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