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"It's not as easy as saying, 'just get them to eat more veggies'": exploring healthy eating in residential care in Australia

Cox, Rachael, Emond, Ruth, Punch, Samantha, McIntosh, Ian, Hall, Kate, Simpson, Angela and Skouteris, Helen 2017, "It's not as easy as saying, 'just get them to eat more veggies'": exploring healthy eating in residential care in Australia, Appetite, vol. 117, pp. 275-283, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.07.004.

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Title "It's not as easy as saying, 'just get them to eat more veggies'": exploring healthy eating in residential care in Australia
Author(s) Cox, Rachael
Emond, Ruth
Punch, Samantha
McIntosh, Ian
Hall, KateORCID iD for Hall, Kate orcid.org/0000-0001-8648-0313
Simpson, AngelaORCID iD for Simpson, Angela orcid.org/0000-0002-4798-4567
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 117
Start page 275
End page 283
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-10-01
ISSN 0195-6663
1095-8304
Keyword(s) Children
Food practices
Food routines
Healthy eating
Out-of-home care
Young people
Summary Young people living in residential out-of-home care (henceforth OoHC) are at increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. Currently, recognition of the everyday mechanisms that might be contributing to excess weight for children and young people in this setting is limited. The aim of this study was to better understand the barriers and complexities involved in the provision of a ‘healthy’ food environment in residential OoHC. Heightening awareness of these factors and how they might compromise a young person's physical health, will inform the development, refinement and evaluation of more sensitive and tailored weight-related interventions for this population. The paper presents a nuanced picture of the complexity of everyday food routines in residential care, and illustrates the ways in which food is ‘done’ in care; how food can be both symbolic of care but also used to exercise control; the way in which food can be used to create a ‘family-like’ environment; and the impact of traumatic experiences in childhood on subsequent behaviours and overall functioning in relation to food. It is argued that a health agenda designed for a mainstream population ignores the very complex relationship that children in residential OoHC may have with food. It is recommended that future intervention approaches account for personal food biographies, trauma and children's social backgrounds and how these are implicated in everyday practices and interactions around food.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2017.07.004
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC LP120100605
NHMRC GNT1055802
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30098517

Document type: Journal Article
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