AHS-P5-4. A Comparison of Eating Behaviors

Zybrell Zayas1
Alexis Parsha2
Mialene Liwanag2
Faculty Mentor: Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.1
1Lee Business School, Department of Marketing and International Business
2Lee Business School, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

How do eating behaviors differ in Japan, in comparison to the United States? How is it deemed healthier? Eating behaviors and diet has become an important factor due to the increasing statistics of obesity in America. Japan, known for its unique style of eating, and has shown the cultural basis of its standpoint on food, which has diverted its culture away from the adverse health effects that the U.S is known for. With the focus on the comparison of the U.S larger portion size to traditional Japanese meal size, there is an overall large effect on health and wellness. The Japanese traditional diet of washoku emphasizes the use of seasonal ingredients. It characterizes the importance of the food dishes being in harmony with nature and the nutritional needs of the human body. The American diet is usually meat, eggs, and dairy with a high emphasis on sugar consumption. Washoku emphasizes the elements of Cultural differences, and how tradition is emphasized in Japanese meals. Our research will use the following datasets: Self-assessment of health of diet among U.S. shoppers in 2015, Distribution of diets followed by consumers in the United States in 2018 in 2019, Leading food-related habits in Japan as of 2020, Most popular food trends in Japan as of November 2020 and The Role of the Japanese Traditional Diet in Healthy and Sustainable Dietary Patterns around the World. These datasets will guide through examining primary differences on the basis of nutrition, portion size, and cultural differences.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Poster Session 5
The Office of Undergraduate Research


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2 Replies to “AHS-P5-4. A Comparison of Eating Behaviors”

  1. Hello, I really enjoyed learning more about the eating behaviors in Japan as opposed to the United States. In examining this topic, I think it would be interesting to also take a look at the effects of any differences in food regulations between Japan and the United States (especially in regards to the creation of hyper-palatable foods), differences in how pedestrian-friendly each country is, and potential differences in dieting culture and even beauty standards between the countries. All of these could also contribute to the differences in obesity rates between each country.

    1. Hi Erin! Thank you so much for your commentary!! Absolutely, food affects a lot of avenues of life and the different directions the conversation could flow into from the main derivative of eating habits is very interesting!

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