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Diversity and Disparity in Nutrition Education [Book]

Diversity and Disparity in Nutrition Education [Book]

 



Diversity and Disparity in Nutrition Education Edited by J. White Ed.D, RD Chair, Nutrition Science Dominican University The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently documented disparity in healthcare and health outcomes based on ethnicity. One of the solutions recommended by the IOM was increasing cultural sensitivity, as well as numbers of health care professionals from under- represented communities. Leading causes of disease and mortality are related to obesity and nutritional habits. There are disproportionately increasing rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer in these communities. Culture has been shown to be an important factor in health education. Current practices in nutrition education have proven to be ineffective in addressing needed changes in eating habits, particularly in non-white communities. This book addresses the need for diversity in nutrition education. It includes a researched analysis of racism in healthcare education that has resulted in professional gate keeping. It documents the disparity in healthcare practices in the US. It discusses the historic influences of such factors as hunger on food access and body image in a variety of communities. A critical analysis looks at the diversity initiatives of professional health organizations. And positive interventions are described and analyzed to help lead readers towards self awareness and sensitivity resulting in more effective community practice.

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