Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Around the world in 15 bites: Applied perspectives on learning about food
by Naqvi, Saira Z., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 46; 10254007
Abstract (Summary)

The war on obesity is a compelling topic in the United States—especially when as of 2012 17 percent, approximately 12.7 million, of children between the ages of 2-19 years are obese. This topic matters to anthropologists for two reasons—first, childhood socialization has been a focal point in the study of anthropology, and secondly, food is culture. This project report reflects my collaboration with a school in Southern California to implement a different approach to teaching children healthy eating habits. It focuses on ways that introducing new foods in a positive and fun environment will create a better relationship with food while increasing the students’ cultural awareness. This approach combined the fields of geography, history, culture, and cuisine to teach students how each field influences one another and affects the nutrition of the people and in turn ourselves. Using standard ethnographic techniques of participant observation this research reports on the reaction the students have to learning about food in a cultural context.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
Commitee: Kelly, Hilarie, Klein, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Pedagogy, Health education
Keywords: Anthropology, Food, Health, Obesity, Socialization
Publication Number: 10254007
ISBN: 978-1-369-53349-1
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