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Race, ethnicity, and racism in the nutrition literature: an update for 2020

Duggan, CP; Kurpad, A; Stanford, FC; Sunguya, B; Wells, JC; (2020) Race, ethnicity, and racism in the nutrition literature: an update for 2020. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , 112 (6) pp. 1409-1414. 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa341. Green open access

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Abstract

Social disparities in the US and elsewhere have been terribly highlighted by the current COVID-19 pandemic but also an outbreak of state-sponsored violence. The field of nutrition, like other areas of science, has commonly used ‘race’ to describe research participants and populations, without the recognition that race is a social, not a biologic, construct. We review the limitations of classifying participants by race, and recommend a series of steps for authors, researchers and policymakers to consider when producing and reading the nutrition literature. We recommend that biomedical researchers, especially those in the field of nutrition, abandon the use of racial categories to explain biologic phenomena but instead rely on a more comprehensive framework of ethnicity; that authors consider not just race and ethnicity but many social determinants of health, including experienced racism; that race and ethnicity not be conflated; that dietary pattern descriptions inform ethnicity descriptions; and that depersonalizating language be avoided.

Type: Article
Title: Race, ethnicity, and racism in the nutrition literature: an update for 2020
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa341
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa341
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Race, racism, ethnicity, research methods, social determinants of health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119852
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