Culture : An Accumulation Of A Group's Learned And Shared Behaviors

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Culture: Is an accumulation of a group’s learned and shared behaviors. Understanding the cultural practices is important for establishing a foundation for well-planned nutritional educational program. Nutrition educators need to provide an understanding, and learn to respect and appreciate the variety of cultural traditions related to food and the wide variations in food among those cultural groups. They need to interact with people from other countries by sharing food experiences, asking questions, observing the food choices they make and work in the community for better understanding. Culture incompetence or Cultural insensitivity is usually not intentional. It is, rather, caused by not having the knowledge we need to understand another person’s frame of reference. Sometimes our insensitivity is a result of our fear of the unknown or of something new, or we try to deny that there are differences by viewing everyone as the same. At other times, our insensitivity is simply due to time constraints: we have too much to do and feel pressured to complete our tasks and move on to the next patient who is waiting. When we are culturally insensitive, misunderstandings can result between the patient and/or family’s expectations and ours. Miscommunication can occur. It becomes difficult for us to provide the best and most appropriate care.
Respect: According to the author understanding that demonstrating respect is more important than gestures of affection or shallow intimacy, and…
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