Journal article

Retaining Traditional Dietary Practices among Greek Immigrants to Australia: The Role of Ethnic Identity

Heath Pillen, George Tsourtos, John Coveney, Antonia Thodis, Catherine Itsiopoulos, Antigone Kouris-Blazos

ECOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

This article explores why some Greek immigrants to Australia continue to adhere to a traditional Mediterranean diet whereas others have adopted eating behaviors characteristic of a less healthy "Australian" diet. Twelve qualitative interviews were conducted and comparisons made between individuals consuming more (n = 6) and less traditional diets (n = 6). The level of adherence to the diet was previously assessed by a diet score in a separate quantitative study (MEDIS-Australia) from which the subset of 12 participants for the present study was recruited. Analysis revealed that maintenance of a strong ethnic identity offers a pathway through which individuals retain dietary practices of thei..

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