Blog: Refugees and nutrition

Catherine Sleep | 1 August 2006

When refugees arrive in the US, one of the many ways in which their lives are turned upside down concerns food. They often cannot find the same foods they are used to cooking in their home countries, and are unfamiliar with the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of many foodstuffs they see in the stores and markets where they shop.

Some refugees arrive from countries where food was such a precious commodity that they are inclined to horde it. Others struggle to find food that meets their religious requirements, or quickly develop an unhealthy obsession with food such as fizzy drinks or crisps that were previously unknown to them.

So while at first glance it might seem unnecessary or even patronising, there’s a real need for workshops to teach refugees how to eat American food responsibly, such as those coordinated by non-profit refugee resettlement agency Heartland.

And perhaps when they’ve finished initiating refugees into the rudiments of good nutrition, they can move on to the rest of the population.

Refugees taught how to eat American food


BLOG

Do you get just-food's newsletters? You need to do something

If you receive just-food's newsletters, we have a message....

BLOG

UK consumers to cut back on fruit and veg - and point to Brexit, study says

Whatever your view on Brexit, a piece of research issued today (18 July) in the UK on fruit and veg consumption will likely unite more of you than last year's divisive vote....

BLOG

Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting business...

BLOG

A bad fortnight for self-regulation

Recent events in Canada, Brussels and the UK suggest the task of defending self-regulation as the best way to prevent the commercial activities by food companies from exacerbating childhood obesity is...

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?