Cultural Interaction and Child Nutrition (Toward a Curvilinear Compromise?)

  • Derrick B. Jelliffe
  • E. F. Patrice Jelliffe
  • Carl E. Taylor
  • Nancie L. González
  • Robert F. ChandlerJr.
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 7)


Cultural factors can affect dietary intakes in many ways, including the production and use of foods for the feeding of young children and pregnant and lactating women (1). Knowledge of the culture helps to explain the local pattern of nutrition and health, assists in establishing rapport with the community, and facilitates the introduction of nutrition-related programs (2,3). To be able to relate to the culture is a prime requirement for the community worker. A rough system of classifying customs into nutritionally beneficial, harmful, neutral, and uncertain has been suggested (1,4) so that appropriate programs may be chosen.


Breast Feeding Child Nutrition Green Leafy Vegetable Household Form Medical Anthropology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derrick B. Jelliffe
    • 1
  • E. F. Patrice Jelliffe
    • 1
  • Carl E. Taylor
    • 2
  • Nancie L. González
    • 3
  • Robert F. ChandlerJr.
    • 4
  1. 1.Population, Family and International Health Division School of Public HealthUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of International Health, School of Hygiene and Public HealthThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.National Science FoundationUSA
  4. 4.The Asian Vegetable Research and Development CenterShanhuaTaiwan

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