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British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Online from: 1899

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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The influence of family culture on eating in low income families

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Title:The influence of family culture on eating in low income families
Author(s):Catherine J. Mackereth, (New Deal for Communities, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK), Susan J. Milner, (North Liverpool Primary Care Trust, Liverpool, UK)
Citation:Catherine J. Mackereth, Susan J. Milner, (2007) "The influence of family culture on eating in low income families", British Food Journal, Vol. 109 Iss: 3, pp.198 - 205
Keywords:Diet, Disadvantaged groups, Family, Income, Low pay, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00070700710732529 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of family culture on eating in families with low incomes.

Design/methodology/approach – A total of 32 couples were investigated using semi-structured interviews.

Findings – A central, core category emerged from the data around family culture and families could be identified into different groups or types. These groups were labelled “individualist” where families cooked what was easy, quick and cheap to prepare. The “subordinated” families were particularly restrained by lack of time and resources and usually ate whatever was available.

Research limitations/implications – The results should be regarded as illustrative and no statistical inferences have been made due to the sampling methodology.

Practical implications – The findings highlight that communities are diverse and any health promotion should be directed in accordance with these differences, instead of using the “one type fits all” approach which is predominantly used in work with low-income families.

Originality/value – This paper helps people understand family culture and challenges the notion that people from lower socio-economic groups do not eat healthily. Further research based on the present research study has already commenced.

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