Masculinities, diet and senior Punjabi Sikh immigrant men: food for Western thought?

Oliffe, John L., Grewal, Suki, Bottorff, Joan L., Dhesi, Jasvinder, Bindy, H., Kang, K., Ward, Amanda and Hislop, T. Gregory (2010) Masculinities, diet and senior Punjabi Sikh immigrant men: food for Western thought?. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32 5: 761-776. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01252.x

Author Oliffe, John L.
Grewal, Suki
Bottorff, Joan L.
Dhesi, Jasvinder
Bindy, H.
Kang, K.
Ward, Amanda
Hislop, T. Gregory
Title Masculinities, diet and senior Punjabi Sikh immigrant men: food for Western thought?
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-9889
Publication date 2010-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01252.x
Volume 32
Issue 5
Start page 761
End page 776
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract The high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Punjabi Sikh (PS) men are often linked to diet. Although some high fat and sugar foods in both traditional and Western foods negatively influence these illnesses, little is known about what underpins PS immigrant men's dietary practices. This article details the connections between masculinities and diet to reveal how varying gendered ideals can inform and influence the practices of senior PS Canadian immigrant men who attended community-based men's groups. Participants' masculine ideals and their alignment to those ideals were deeply rooted in spirituality and traditional cultures, which shaped the use of specific foods and beverages, yet there was also evidence that the availability and affordability of dairy products and alcohol in Canada strongly influenced men's diets. While the men's group leaders educated attendees about diet, ideologies reinforcing ties between femininities and the cooking of meals often prevailed. Linkages between participants' masculine ideals and dietary practices were both similar and discordant with the findings reported in studies of Western men. The findings drawn from this study may direct what, how and where dietary messages are targeted to senior PS Canadian immigrant men.
Keyword Immigration and men's diet
Masculinity and diet
Punjabi Sikh men's health
South Asian men's health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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