Overview of MANOS’s May 2013 Research in Chaguite, Nicaragua

Brooke Huffman '15

Overview of MANOS’s May 2013 Research in Chaguite, Nicaragua by Brooke Huffman Abstract No MANOS trip is exactly the same. Unlike our annual team trip over spring break that centers around providing medical care, summer and winter trips tend to focus on community capacity building, project-specific tasks, and independent research projects. Most of our time […]

Post-Apartheid Identity in Cape Town Townships

Kevin Silverman '15 BA in Sociology and Charlie Kern '15 BBA in Finance w/Accounting

Post-Apartheid Identity in Cape Town Townships by Charlie Kern and Kevin Silverman During South Africa’s Apartheid regime, black and colored people faced oppression of all forms.  Under the Group Areas Act of 1950, two years after Apartheid began, and under the Urban Areas Act of 1923 many nonwhites were forced out of their communities, leading […]

Obesity and the Weight Problem in Spain: A Study of Changes in the Spanish Diet

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Obesity and the Weight Problem in Spain: A Study of Changes in the Spanish Diet

by Ethan Pearlstein

This essay uses a multi-disciplinary approach, combining Hispanic cultural studies with medical science to examine factors that contribute to obesity in Spain, and more specifically, in the region of Andalucía. The issue is shown to not only be a product of strongly rooted cultural dietary preferences, but is due also to international influence in Spanish diet and economic development in the late twentieth century. In recent years, fast food establishments and American cuisine have come to replace more traditional Spanish fare, and the Mediterranean diet has been in constant decline. A more equilibrated intake of nutrients throughout the day with higher consumption of proteins in place of animal fats and simple sugars is implicated in helping to resolve this complex issue. The education of Andalucían residents with regard to this matter is largely nonexistent, one of the largest impediments in getting Spaniards to change their dietary habits in the prevention of obesity.