Wade, Jeannette M. (2018). “Doing difference” and fast food consumption: Patterns among a sample of white and African American emerging adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
vol. 5 (2) pp. 398-409
Previous research has demonstrated that frequent consumption of fast food is linked to obesity and that trends in both are disparate across race and sex categories. Contextualizing race- and sex-related factors that structure fast food consumption in emerging adulthood is a much-needed contribution to social research. Specifically, this study uses the “doing difference” framework, to examine the frequency of fast food consumption in a sample of White and African American (18–25 years old). According to the framework, social inequalities are reproduced through dramaturgical performances of race, class, and gender. Results of this suggest that feminine gender orientation and education serve as protective factors, while African American race and male sex serve as risk factors. African American women emerged as especially high risk given their higher prevalence of traditionally masculine traits.
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Wade, Jeannette M.
June 22, 2017