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
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315570877
    ISBN (Print)9781472439482
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Zivkovic, T., Warin, M., Moore, V., Ward, P., & Jones, M. (2015). The Sweetness of Care: Biographies, Bodies and Place. In E-J. Abbots, A. Lavis, & L. Attala (Eds.), Careful Eating: Bodies, Food and Care (1st ed., pp. 109-125). Ashgate.