15. Nutrition and Health

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. David A. Himmelgreen PhD,
  2. Nancy Romero Daza and
  3. Charlotte A. Noble

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch15

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Himmelgreen, D. A., Romero Daza, N. and Noble, C. A. (2011) Nutrition and Health, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. University of South Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • nutrition and health;
  • study of food and nutrition - subfields of anthropology;
  • anthropology of food and nutrition;
  • rise of global market economy - spread of new technologies;
  • “Coca-colonization” process - areas of the world, and homogenization of diets;
  • relationship between economic change, obesity and health - and globalization;
  • global market prominence - increase in factory employment in developing countries;
  • gender issues and nutritional health - anthropologists, nutrition and gender issues


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Theme I: Globalization, Diet, Lifestyle, and Obesogenic Environments

  • Theme II: Gender Issues and Nutritional Health

  • Theme III: Nutrition and Health in Biological Anthropology

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References