The Power of Sociogenomics on Health: You Are What Your Friends Eat

November 15, 2014 9:09 PM

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The holiday season, more than any other time of year, brings up so much discussion around food and community. This is a time when being fully aware of our food choices is essential, since this is the time of year when we might be apt to stray from making healthy food choices, struggle with money concerns, and face family dynamics head-on. Often, the sum of these happenings has the possibility to shake our foundation, bringing up feelings of instability and insecurity. Although there is something very personal about this time of year -- reflecting on the months passed and all the important moments that will shape the year to come -- this is an especially tender time for family, friends, and community. As we prepare to engage in regular social gatherings for the holidays, it is naturally appropriate to consider the extent to which our relationships can influence the choices we make and their cascading impact into our health.

The success of nutrition science in the future will depend largely on its ability to encompass nutrigenomics, and to embrace the complexity of the individual's dietary needs based on age, gender, location, experiences, genomics, epigenetics, environment, including one's social networks (1). In fact,...

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