Food in My Neighborhood: Exploring the Food Environment through Photovoice with Urban, African American Youth

Katherine Abowd Johnson, Elizabeth Anderson Steeves, Zoë Reznick Gewanter, Joel Gittelsohn

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Abstract

This study adapted Photovoice methodology for younger participants to better understand the perceptions of urban African American youth on their food environments and diets. Youth (n = 17, ages 10–13 years) photographed and described, using novel narrative-based activities, the myriad places they regularly acquired “junk food” from environments saturated with such but differed in their assessments of the availability and desirability of more nutritious alternative foods. Youth often discussed specific foods as well as peers and adults in their lives as either entirely “healthy” or “unhealthy.” This concrete thinking should be considered when designing messaging strategies to improve diets in similar populations. Overall, Photovoice is an engaging and effective method to engage youth in efforts to improve food environments and diets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-405
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017

Keywords

  • African American
  • Photovoice
  • diet
  • food environment
  • nutrition
  • urban
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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