Food, Culture, and Obesity in Latin America

Recorded Webinar

The webinar will emphasize strategies to reinforce the value of the traditional diet of Latin America.

  • Release Date: September 21, 2018
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This webinar was presented live on September 21, 2018.

In the span of one generation, the people of Nicaragua—the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere—have gone from near zero obesity rates to having rates on par with the United States. Exploring the historical and cultural factors in the changing dietary habits of Nicaraguans will facilitate dietitians’ ability to communicate with their Latino patients. Some of the barriers that will be discussed include the belief that western food is superior, that medicine/drugs can solve most problems, and that eating more calorie dense food imparts (higher) social status. The webinar will emphasize strategies to reinforce the value of the traditional diet.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 5420, 1040, 8015, 1060
Performance Indicators: 12.1.1, 4.1.1, 4.2.2

Learning Objectives

  1. The audience will become familiar with ways to address the preferences (ex calorically dense foods) and the perception of food within the Latino communities.
  2. The audience will become more familiar with the food habits of the Nicaraguan people prior to Western influence and understand the current dietary habits to how, and why it changed.
  3. The dietitian will be able to explain how to incorporate the best of traditional diets while also being able to understand the historical and cultural influences on Latinos’ food choices.


Dan Fenyvesi, RD

Dan Fenyvesi holds a master’s Degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and received his Registered Dietitian license from Tulane University. In addition to work in Latin America, Fenyvesi teaches college courses on Nutrition, Health, and Stress, works as a renal dietitian, and runs weight loss programs for Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts. In the past, Fenyvesi has run similar programs for Rancho La Puerta and Wellspring Weight Loss Camps and has worked as a chronic disease specialist in public health clinics.

  • Release Date: September 21, 2018