My thesis explores the factors that shape or reinforce international college students' perceptions of food. This research not only examines how cultural values affect individual nutrition and maintenance of eating behaviors, it also addresses the extent to which accessibility impacts eating behaviors. Notably, the research endeavor uses the concept of dietary habitus as an underlying directive mechanism for study. This study finds that most students experience a reduction in their fruit and vegetable intake. Another finding suggests that international students eat healthier and are more structured in comparison to domestic students if they hybridize their dietary habitus. Research findings also suggest that most participants perceive food on campus to be both equally healthy and unhealthy, with limited accessibility to national cuisines and affordable healthy foods.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
Daws, Chelsea, "An Anthropological Study of Eating Perspectives, Meal Composition, and Food Choices Among Diverse Student Populations" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5450.