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
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..View full abstract
Awarded by Flinders University Faculty Funding
This work was supported by the Flinders University Faculty Funding under grant number 594.37395.