Nutritional anthropology

Authored by: Janet Chrzan

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661


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Nutritional anthropology uses a biocultural paradigm to examine how social structures and actions interact with ecological and biological systems to determine food availability, use, and nutritional health. Central questions of interest include how diet affected the evolutionary development of Homo sapiens, cross-cultural food use, the relationship between environmental conditions and food procurement and nutriture, how human biological and cultural variation affects dietary practices and health, and how food use and nutrition interacts with parasitic, infectious and chronic disease. Doctorates in nutritional anthropology allow for primary research within academic and medical settings and applied work with health-related NGOs and governmental agencies.

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