The Food Habits of Black Older Adults in New York City: Are There Differences Between African Americans and Caribbean-Born Immigrants?

Written by on January 9, 2021

Introduction and Background The extent to which healthcare practitioners fully understand the relationship between food habits relative to cultural health beliefs, health behaviors and the personal health status of older adults is extremely important to the provision of appropriate successful client-centered nutrition education intervention strategies. It has been well established that certain foods have beneficial nutritive and disease preventing effects on life-threatening health conditions (i.e., the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes). Cross-racial studies of U.S. populations indicate that Blacks (1) older adults have a disproportionately high prevalence of the afore-mentioned health conditions. (2) Yet, few if any gerontological studies have been done exploring whether Black older adults are aware of the relationship between their health conditions and their food consumption patterns. A study examining 265 nutrition education intervention research studies indicate that among the intervention studies with adults over 65 years of age, only one study measured health outcome expectations and a very few measured nutrition knowledge relative to food consumption. (3) None of these studies were cross-cultural examining differences among Black older adults.

By Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table

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