Two Social Impacts Of Socio-Cultural Influencing Food Choices

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The cultures or societies that people live in, along with the type of contact that individuals have with one another (social factors), influence food choices.

2.2.1 Peers/friends
An individual’s peers are people in roughly the same age group with the same social status. The influence of the peer group is strongest during adolescence. The need for acceptance makes teenagers eat what and when their friends eat rather than what their parents think they should eat and what is nutritionally sound.(McConatha, 1993) Trying new things is safer in a peer group, and sharing food is a good way to get to know people and cement friendships.
2.2.2 Role models
Each and every one has someone who is looking up to
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The type of lifestyle, job and education, size of the family and the importance of hospitality within the social group are also important when we make food choices. (Frewer, 2003)
2.2.4 Religion
Food selection is due to different reasons, with religion being one of the strongest principles on which diets are based. Sacred space and time and all part of religious rituals linked to food. Regardless of religious views, it is important to follow a balanced diet and favorable lifestyle for optimum health (Ekman, 1972).
2.2.5 Food acceptability
A value is a deep personal feeling about what is important. Values are strong enough to influence behaviour and motivate action. A person’s values may reflect those of the family and culture in which they were raised, or they may be a personal response to the experiences encountered throughout life. In terms of food selection, the values most likely to influence choices are related to food origins and the maintenance of health (Riches,
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If, for example, a person has high cholesterol (that could eventually lead to heart disease), they may opt to reduce the amount of animal fat in their diet. Some diseases that may be related to poor diet include beri¬beri, pellagra, rickets, scurvy, osteoporosis and anaemia. Anaemia is a deficiency disease where the person affected is deficient in red blood cells and/or haemoglobin. (Thompson, ,1988).
2.3.9 Performance (sports)
Level of activity is determined by an individual who is physically active needs to consume more energy giving foods than an individual who leads a sedentary (less active) life. A sedentary person requires less of all nutrients than an active person. If an individual consumes large quantities of energy but does not move around much, the body stores the excess as adipose tissue (fat) (Berbesque, 2009). Critique of demographic factors:
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