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Factors influencing food choice in an Australian Aboriginal community

Brimblecombe, Julie K., Maypilama, Elaine, Colles, Susan L., Scarlett, Maria S., Dhurrkay, Joanne, Ritchie, Jan E. and O'Dea, Kerin (2014). Factors influencing food choice in an Australian Aboriginal community. Qualitative Health Research,24(3):387-400.

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Title Factors influencing food choice in an Australian Aboriginal community
Author Brimblecombe, Julie K.
Maypilama, Elaine
Colles, Susan L.
Scarlett, Maria S.
Dhurrkay, Joanne
Ritchie, Jan E.
O'Dea, Kerin
Journal Name Qualitative Health Research
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1049-7323   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84896765967
Start Page 387
End Page 400
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract We explored with Aboriginal adults living in a remote Australian community the social context of food choice and factors perceived to shape food choice. An ethnographic approach of prolonged community engagement over 3 years was augmented by interviews. Our findings revealed that knowledge, health, and resources supporting food choice were considered “out of balance,” and this imbalance was seen to manifest in a Western-imposed diet lacking variety and overrelying on familiar staples. Participants felt ill-equipped to emulate the traditional pattern of knowledge transfer through passing food-related wisdom to younger generations. The traditional food system was considered key to providing the framework for learning about the contemporary food environment. Practitioners seeking to improve diet and health outcomes for this population should attend to past and present contexts of food in nutrition education, support the educative role of caregivers, address the high cost of food, and support access to traditional foods.
Keywords Aboriginal people, Australia
health and well-being
nutrition / malnutrition
research, qualitative
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