Webinar: How Nutrition Recommendations Leave Some Behind: Perspectives of an Asian Dietitian

How Nutrition Recommendations Leave Some Behind: Perspectives of an Asian Dietitian

Attempts at being more inclusive or culturally-sensitive in nutrition often fall flat for clients/patients in racialized populations, as these recommendations are often created by people who don’t have lived experience of the identities in question, and/or involve applying Eurocentric/western standards and recommendations to “cultural” foods (i.e. Directly translating a resource without considering cultural food traditions and/or including a “token” cultural food in an otherwise Eurocentric resource)

For example, while recommending “choosing whole grain alternatives” may seem innocuous, it ignores the fact that white rice, as well as noodles and breads made from refined flours are staples in many Asian cultures. In this webinar, Mun Cho will draw on her professional and personal experiences to discuss how “healthifying” Asian dishes and recipes is not enough when it comes to serving clients and patients of Asian descent.

By the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Identify white supremacy characteristics and how they relate to dietetics
  • Understand the concept of model minority
  • Describe how conventional nutritional recommendations may not resonate well with Asians communities
  • Identify the different types of rice consumed among diverse Asian cultures and the differences
  • Evaluate the impact of “Mediterranean Diet” as the gold standard on Asian communities
  • Explore guiding principles to help provide culturally safe care

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Posted on

January 13, 2022