Culturele diversiteit in voeding en overgewicht

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Mary Nicolaou, Vera Nierkens en Barend J.C. Middelkoop

Cultural diversity in diet and obesity

  • In the Netherlands, excess body weight and obesity occur more commonly in certain ethnic minority groups.

  • Diet plays an undeniable role in the development of obesity.

  • Insight into the roles of diet and eating behaviour in the development of obesity among ethnic minorities is, however, limited.

  • The migration histories, socio-economic statuses and socio-cultural environments of ethnic minorities are important determinants for eating patterns.

  • It is important to take these determinants into account when treating overweight patients who are ethnic minorities.

  • Conflict of interest: none declared. Financial support: none declared.