Recent masters graduate, Lauren Shukru presented the findings from her dissertation research to the recent Brighton & Sussex University Food Network Symposium see bsufn.
The title of her presentation was
“What do young people aged 16-18 in further education think about healthy eating, and what does this mean for health promotion?”
Her focus group research identified that the increase in autonomy that came with the transition from school to further education college was viewed with ambivalence, and there was a sense of nostalgia for the routine and regulation associated with school. Young people in further education colleges were experiencing stress and uncertainty and, although peer-pressure about food choices had reduced since school, the need to be part of a social group remained strong. Snacking and convenience were drivers of unhealthy eating behaviours, with a clear culture of ‘grab-and-go’ food that enabled students to eat with friends in the brief gaps between taught sessions.
Lauren is currently writing up her work with support from Carol and Nigel and plans to submit for publication.
Breastfeeding is one of those topics that all parents have a view on. Whether you love it or hate it, the NHS, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF all recommend breastfeeding to give babies the best start in life.
However, practices on the ground in the UK and further afield are very far from ideal. Recent UK data on breastfeeding from the Infant Feeding Survey suggests that the numbers of women who start breastfeeding shortly after birth are high (81%), but this falls to 34% by six months, and only 1% of these babies are exclusively breast fed. But the numbers of women in the UK and in other countries such as Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, and Canada who then go on to continue to breastfeed remain stubbornly low. Rates of exclusive breastfeeding at six-months-old in the UK are so low that national surveys cite them as “negligible” and don’t even report on rates at nine or 12 months.
Clearly there is a very long way to go before breastfeeding rates reach anywhere near the recommended levels. So what can we do to increase breastfeeding rates? Interventions before and after birth that aim to develop knowledge and skills, bust myths and manage expectations could help – but who should they be aimed at? While it might seem sensible for maternity services to focus their attention solely on mothers, the evidence suggests that fathers also have an important role to play.
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We are on the brink of an important change in how we are encouraged to think about our diet. Britain’s health authorities are considering whether to allow processed or “composite foods” to carry the official five-a-day logo. But is it time to confront the inconvenient reality: that an apple which has been juiced, pureed, or wrapped in pastry is simply not the same as an apple on a core?
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