"If I Can Afford Steak, Why Worry About Buying Beans": African American Men's Perceptions of Their Food Environment. Academic Article uri icon


  • Due to the high level of food-related chronic diseases for African American men, the purpose of this qualitative study was to induce ( n = 83) urban American men's perspective of their food environment considering different ethnic subgroups, built environment, and the temporal context using a phenomenological method and snowball sampling. Focus group interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and entered into ATLAS.ti to aid in establishing themes. African American men perceived that fast-food chains are their food choices and that they do not have any other healthy alternatives near their residential community. Their perspective of their current environment was primarily influenced by their formative years, the availability of current food environments, marketing and advertising of food on television, and the cost of eating healthy as compared to the cost of eating what is convenient to their residence. A central theme of the findings of this study is that the availability and accessibility of restaurants and food options are harmful to health over time. The finding suggests that future interventions should consider and incorporate how people develop and understand their current food practices and environment through the lens of time, not just their adult context.

published proceedings

  • Am J Mens Health

altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Sherman, L. D., & Griffith, D. M.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Sherman, Ledric D||Griffith, Derek M

publication date

  • July 2018