The Sweetness of Care: Biographies, Bodies and Place

Tanya Zivkovic, Megan Warin, Vivienne Moore, Paul Ward, Michelle Jones

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We begin with this vignette to illustrate how sweetness intersects bodies, place and care at a time when Australia is running its largest obesity prevention program – OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle). We conducted ethnographic research over twenty-three months with socially disadvantaged families in Adelaide, South Australia (August 2012 – July 2014). Our aim was to explore how families in this community respond to, negotiate and/or resist ‘healthy lifestyle’ messages when healthy living guidelines may present a ‘disconnect’ with the adversities of everyday life (Lindsay 2010). Health promotion initiatives urge this population to care for their own bodies and those of their families through a range of social marketing messages, including reducing sugar intake.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareful Eating
Subtitle of host publicationBodies, Food and Care
EditorsEmma-Jayne Abbots, Anna Lavis, Luci Attala
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315570877
ISBN (Print)9781472439482
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Obesity intervention
  • Obesity prevention
  • Food addiction


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