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Concepts of illness, dietry beliefs and food-related health practices : a study of health care professionals and the Chinese community in Britain

  title={Concepts of illness, dietry beliefs and food-related health practices : a study of health care professionals and the Chinese community in Britain},
  author={W. Y. Chan},
Traditionally, the Chinese have a highly developed set of beliefs about the maintenance of health and treatment of disease through the regulation of dietary patterns, exercise and sleep. The purpose of this project was to investigate the persistence of dietary beliefs and the concepts of health and illness in the older members of the Chinese community in Britain. Since a substantial number of Chinese immigrants are now approaching middle and old age, it seems likely that they will increasingly… 

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