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Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Health Sciences


Michelle Hesse

Melissa Wood Alemán

Danielle M. Torisky


This qualitative research study examined perceptions of international collegiate athletes on the impact of dietary acculturation on current eating patterns. Twenty-two international collegiate student athletes participated in one of three focus group sessions. Focus groups explored participant dietary patterns in the context of acculturation. Thematic analysis of data, using a grounded theory approach, implicated that participants faced challenges as they adapt to the American culture. Emergent themes of challenges included cultural differences compared to home, demand of their sport and dining on campus. Topics related to dietary acculturation were discussed including food differences and quality, availability of fast food, family influences and lack of food options from home.

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