Intergenerational Transmission of Healthy Eating Knowledge in the Family Context: Perspectives from Three Different Ethnocultural Groups in Canada

By:
Dr. Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic,
Dr. Gwen Chapman,
Dr. Brenda Beagan,
Dr. Raewyn Bassett
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While food has been a subject of rising interest in the social, natural and applied sciences in recent decades, there is a lack of integration in food and nutrition studies across these disciplines. Namely, social scientists have tended to focus on the sociology, anthropology and/or geography of food, but have paid less attention to nutrition and health aspects. Similarly, health scientists and nutritionists have tended to focus on health and nutritional aspects of food while largely ignoring social aspects. Healthy eating knowledge, for example, has been treated as unproblematic in the health and nutrition sciences, but social science considerations, such as how people understand healthy eating and how they come to hold those understandings within specific family and cultural contexts need to be integrated in order to develop full understanding of people’s ‘nutrition knowledge’.

To begin to address this gap, we conducted a qualitative study that explored intergenerational transmission of healthy eating knowledge in families of three different ethnocultural groups in Canada: African Nova Scotians, Punjabi British Columbians and European Canadians in Nova Scotia and British Columbia. The two minority groups offer unique perspectives, both because of cultural differences and because of differing histories of immigration to Canada (the recent immigration patterns of Punjabi British Columbians and the long-term presence in Canada of African Nova Scotians).

In this presentation, we discuss how the interplay of age/lifestage, gender, socioeconomic status and culture/race shapes the transmission of healthy eating knowledge in families. The findings speak to the need for an interdisciplinary approach in understanding the complexity of healthy eating knowledge as it is shaped in the social context of people’s everyday lives.


Keywords: Healthy Eating knowledge, qualitative, Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational, family, Ethnic Culture/Race, Age/lifestage, Gender, SES
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Svetlana Ristovski-Slijepcevic

PhD student, Department of Food, Nutrition and Health,
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Dr. Gwen Chapman

University of British Columbia
Canada


Dr. Brenda Beagan

Dalhousie University
Canada


Dr. Raewyn Bassett

Dalhousie University
Canada


Ref: I06P0148