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Factors Influencing Food Choice among Ethnic Minority Adolescents

Nasira Sheikh (Research Assistant at King′s College, London.)
Jane Thomas (Lecturer in Nutrition at King′s College, London.)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 October 1994



Describes an exploratory study among Asian and English teenagers attending a West London comprehensive school, using food diaries, a general questionnaire and in‐depth interviews to gather information on factors influencing food choice. The relationship between food habits and differences in ethnicity and sex were observed, as well as food choice made at the individual level. Concludes that, while a “third culture” has evolved identifying itself with both British and Asian customs, food preparation and consumption are the most stable factor transmitted from first‐to second‐and third‐generation Asians living in the UK and the most common area of difference between Asians and Caucasians regarding the acceptability of particular foods.



Sheikh, N. and Thomas, J. (1994), "Factors Influencing Food Choice among Ethnic Minority Adolescents", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 94 No. 5, pp. 29-35.




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