A new study led by public health researcher Wenjun Li, PhD, compared the diet quality of older black and white women in metropolitan Washington, D. Li, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. Published online Nov. Data points included health status, lifestyle factors, daily food consumption and food purchasing habits including locations, distance and frequency.
Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat: Black Men, Masculinity, Faith and Food
Study finds racial differences in eating patterns, food purchases among urban older women
Men often have poorer health outcomes than women. One factor that contributes to health is the role of masculinity. Previous research notes that men who cling to hegemonic notions of masculine identity tend to engage in negative health behaviors. However, hegemonic masculinity is not the realm in which Black men exist. Criminalized, surveilled, and subject to structural racism and racial discrimination, Black masculinities exist on their own spectrum separate from that of White men.
African Heritage Diet
Previous research has demonstrated that frequent consumption of fast food is linked to obesity and that trends in both are disparate across race and sex categories. Contextualizing race- and sex-related factors that structure fast food consumption in emerging adulthood is a much-needed contribution to social research. According to the framework, social inequalities are reproduced through dramaturgical performances of race, class, and gender. Results of this suggest that feminine gender orientation and education serve as protective factors, while African American race and male sex serve as risk factors. African American women emerged as especially high risk given their higher prevalence of traditionally masculine traits.
Edited by Justin A. Foreword by E. Patrick Johnson.