As people move and integrate cultures, nutritional trends may change from those of their native country to those of their new country. With today’s increasing global immigration, studies have only scratched the surface of the impact of acculturation on children’s health and nutrition. Specifically, the Peruvian-American diet is one that has garnered minimal research. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the common foods and drinks that Peruvian-American children consume, assess the children’s physical health, and discuss the possible causative factors of any diet trends. The population sampled is children under 18 years living in the United States whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) were born in Peru; the primary caregivers of the children completed the survey, with participants being recruited electronically through social media and emails. Accessible through a Qualtrics link with Spanish and English formats available, the questionnaire results will be analyzed for trends and compared with a previous research about children’s nutrition in Peru and the United States. Though this study meets the criteria for a pilot study, the findings align closer to American health trends than Peruvian in terms of food choice and availability and accessibility to healthcare. This study shows the influence of culture and regionally available resources over parent’s food choices and children’s health. It will provide further supplementation to the myriad of global studies regarding children’s nutrition.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Nursing
Dietz, Delainey, "Evaluating the Nutritional Adequacy of Peruvian-American Children" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 886.