Food choices made by low-income households when feeding their pre-school children: A qualitative study

Lovelace, S. and Rabiee-Khan, Fatemeh (2013) Food choices made by low-income households when feeding their pre-school children: A qualitative study. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 11 (4). pp. 870-881. ISSN 17408695 (ISSN)

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The growing concern about poor dietary practices among low-income families has led to a 'victim blaming' culture that excludes wider social and environmental factors, which influence household food choices. This small-scale qualitative study investigated influences on the diets of young children in families on a low income in the West Midlands, UK. Using semi-structured interview schedule, rich data was gathered through individual interviews with 11 mothers of pre-school children. Information was collected about the type and range of food given following the introduction of solid foods including factors influencing parent's knowledge and diet, sources of nutrition advice and financial constraints. Food accessibility and storage issues were also explored. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed using a modified grounded theory approach. Findings highlighted that parents and professionals may have different interpretations about 'cooking from scratch'. The results indicated that some parents have poor understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet. However, most parents included fruit and vegetables to varying degrees and were motivated to give their children healthy foods, suggesting that, with adequate support and information, the diets of these children could be improved. There was evidence that when striving to improve the diet of their children, many parents' diets also improved. The findings from this small-scale in-depth study highlighted a number of issues for local and national policy and practice in the area of nutrition and child health in the early years. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
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16 January 2013Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child nutrition, Family influences, Health visitor, Poverty, Pre-school, Qualitative, adult, Article, child, child health, child nutrition, cooking, cost, female, fluid intake, food availability, food composition, food preference, food storage, fruit, human, lowest income group, male, nutritional assessment, nutritional counseling, policy, preschool child, priority journal, qualitative research, semi structured interview, United Kingdom, vegetable
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-06 - allied health > CAH02-06-02 - nutrition and dietetics
CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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