The Use of Family Rituals in Eating Behaviors in Hispanic Mothers

Kathryn Coe, Tanya Benitez, Natasha Tasevska, Anel Arriola, Colleen Keller

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Food rituals often abruptly change when Hispanic families migrate to the United States. This report describes changes in rituals of food procurement, preparation, and presentation (food-PPP) in Hispanic women following migration to the United States. Focus groups and face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 low-income, overweight/obese Hispanic women 27 to 40 years of age. Content analysis was used to analyze cultural and contextual sources for food-PPP. Changes in rituals and traditions in food-PPP occurred, including materials and ingredients for traditional meals. Food rituals may play a role in healthful eating and could, therefore, serve as leverage points for interventions designed to promote healthy eating behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Hispanic mothers
  • Mexican-American mothers
  • culture
  • food rituals
  • rituals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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