Changing Food Habits in a South Indian Hindu Brahmin Community

A Case of Transitioning Gender Roles and Family Dynamics

Meena Mahadevan, Dorothy Blair, Emily Rose Raines

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Abstract

This study was conducted to explore the perceptions of 20 South Indian Hindu Brahmin women on the factors influencing their food habits upon immigrating to America. The competing demands of juggling a new career and managing their family’s nutritional needs at the same time, all without the support of extended family members, played an important role in steering these women away from cooking traditional healthy meals, and resorting to fast foods instead. Intervention strategies should be directed toward improving the barriers to eating healthy that were specifically identified within the confines of shifting gender roles and limited family support networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-617
Number of pages22
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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  • Brahmin
  • family
  • gender
  • Hindu
  • South Indian

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