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Feeding the Australian family: challenges for mothers, nutrition and equity.

Authors
  • Mehta, Kaye1
  • Booth, Sue2
  • Coveney, John1
  • Strazdins, Lyndall3
  • 1 College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • 2 College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. , (Australia)
  • 3 College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Health promotion international
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Volume
35
Issue
4
Pages
771–778
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daz061
PMID: 31326984
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Australian women shoulder the bulk of household duties including family food provisioning, despite increasing participation in the workforce. This research aimed to understand employed mothers' daily-lived experience of family food provisioning, in particular, the intersection between family food provisioning, gender inequality and nutritional guidelines as they impact women's time and health. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 employed mothers in South Australia. Participants had at least one child aged less than 13 years. Qualitative data was analysed using a thematic content approach. Time-scarcity was common and associated with stress in relation to family food provisioning; this relationship was particularly apparent among employed mothers who were also studying. Most mothers valued nutrition and strove to provide nutritious meals, although they tended to work from their own nutritional understandings, not the national nutrition guidelines; they saw the nutrition guidelines as unhelpful because of the time demands that were implied. The study invites policy makers, practitioners and researchers to consider time for family food provisioning as a social determinant of family as well as women's health, and structural strategies to address this health inequity for women. © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: [email protected]

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