Nutritional issues of Korean Americans

Cha Nam Shin, Helen Lach

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This cross-sectional, descriptive study examined factors influencing healthy eating of Korean Americans in a convenience sample of 517 Korean adults in a Midwestern city. Participants completed a self-administered survey written in either English or Korean as their preferences, which measured health, acculturation, healthy eating benefits, barriers, and self-efficacy as well as healthy eating practice. Descriptive statistics, cluster analysis, and structural equation modeling were used for analysis. Participants reported retaining elements of the traditional Korean diet regardless of acculturation. The worst eating habits were seen in participants who were younger (t = 4.57), currently not married (t = 3.10), less educated (F = 5.03), and acculturated to American society (F = 5.93) at the p <.05. Clinicians should provide culturally sensitive interventions targeting Korean Americans with poor dietary habits by providing population-specific, tailored interventions about the benefits of healthy eating and modeling healthier recipes for traditional Korean dishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-180
Number of pages19
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Korean Americans
  • acculturation
  • eating habits
  • health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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