Presentation Title

The Impact of the Acculturation Process in Latino's Nutrition

Advisor Information

Jason Coleman

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

7-3-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

7-3-2014 12:00 PM

Abstract

Background: Dietary intake is an important determinant of obesity and numerous chronic health conditions and sickness. A healthful diet is an essential component of chronic disease self-management. Researchers have indicated that the healthfulness of the Latino diet deteriorates during the acculturation process. This study examined the impact of acculturation on the diet of a growing Latino population in Omaha, Nebraska. Methods: A survey instrument was created for this study based on information from literature review and from other previously developed instruments. The questions were based on eating preferences, eating frequency, and family meal frequency. Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) software was used to conduct all statistical analyses, including descriptive statistics, and comparisons. Results: Fifty-two participants completed the survey. All interviewed were females, and most reported being from Mexico. Participant ages ranged from 19-64years. Most reported living in the United States for more than one year. Final statistical analyses are being conducted. Implications: This study examined the impact of acculturation on nutritional habits for Latinos in Omaha, Nebraska. The findings could be used to create nutritional programs to promote traditional Latino food and to help Latinos maintain their healthy diets, which will ultimately result in the reduction of health disparities for Latinos living in the United States.

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Mar 7th, 9:00 AM Mar 7th, 12:00 PM

The Impact of the Acculturation Process in Latino's Nutrition

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Background: Dietary intake is an important determinant of obesity and numerous chronic health conditions and sickness. A healthful diet is an essential component of chronic disease self-management. Researchers have indicated that the healthfulness of the Latino diet deteriorates during the acculturation process. This study examined the impact of acculturation on the diet of a growing Latino population in Omaha, Nebraska. Methods: A survey instrument was created for this study based on information from literature review and from other previously developed instruments. The questions were based on eating preferences, eating frequency, and family meal frequency. Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) software was used to conduct all statistical analyses, including descriptive statistics, and comparisons. Results: Fifty-two participants completed the survey. All interviewed were females, and most reported being from Mexico. Participant ages ranged from 19-64years. Most reported living in the United States for more than one year. Final statistical analyses are being conducted. Implications: This study examined the impact of acculturation on nutritional habits for Latinos in Omaha, Nebraska. The findings could be used to create nutritional programs to promote traditional Latino food and to help Latinos maintain their healthy diets, which will ultimately result in the reduction of health disparities for Latinos living in the United States.