Title page for ETD etd-07292008-134312

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Eriksen, Chad
Author's Email Address ceriks1@lsu.edu, chaderiksen@gmail.com
URN etd-07292008-134312
Title The Food Patterns of Southern Louisiana Residents
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Carol Lammi-Keefe Committee Chair
Heli Roy Committee Co-Chair
Catherine Champagne Committee Member
Georgianna Tuuri Committee Member
  • Louisiana food history
  • meal patterns
  • dietary patterns
  • food culture
  • southern Louisiana
  • food patterns
  • Creole cuisine
  • Cajun cuisine
Date of Defense 2008-07-07
Availability unrestricted
Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns in Louisiana. There are numerous reasons believed to be major contributors to the obesity epidemic, one of which is dietary habits. The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the dietary patterns of southern Louisiana residents. A self administered, semi-quantitative questionnaire was used. Subjects (n=308) were recruited from Louisiana State University (LSU). Results suggested that it is possible to describe the dietary patterns of a southern Louisiana population. Compared to whites, the percentage of African Americans who were served or consumed fried fish, rice, red

beans and rice, and fried chicken was significantly higher. Men were more likely to have

consumed or been served fried chicken, hamburgers, steak, and meatloaf compared to women.

The most frequently consumed or served foods included breakfast cereal, luncheon meat

sandwiches, spaghetti, vegetables, baked chicken and wild game meat. Results from this study could be used to develop diets, nutrition education material, and interventions that are tailored

specifically to this region.

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