Journal article

Masculinities, diet and senior Punjabi Sikh immigrant men: food for Western thought?

John L Oliffe, Suki Grewal, Joan L Bottorff, Jasvinder Dhesi, H Bindy K Kang, Amanda Ward, T Gregory Hislop

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010

Abstract

The high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Punjabi Sikh (PS) men are often linked to diet. Although some high fat and sugar foods in both traditional and Western foods negatively influence these illnesses, little is known about what underpins PS immigrant men's dietary practices. This article details the connections between masculinities and diet to reveal how varying gendered ideals can inform and influence the practices of senior PS Canadian immigrant men who attended community-based men's groups. Participants' masculine ideals and their alignment to those ideals were deeply rooted in spirituality and traditional cultures, which shaped the use of specific foods and beverag..

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