Conducted as part of an expert consulting mission entrusted to GRET by the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation, and carried out in collaboration with the Acteurs solidaires en marche (Asem) association, this sociological study focused on feeding and healthcare practices among pregnant women and children under the age of three living in two precarious neighbourhoods in Nevers. The methodology of the study drew inspiration from operational know-how in the area of healthcare and feeding practices developed by GRET over the last twenty years in developing countries.
The study puts forward elements to understand the mechanisms and social logic underlying the eating habits of families in vulnerable socio-economic situations in average-sized French cities. It demonstrates how mothers, often single and faced with a complex environment saturated with sometimes contradictory information, have an attitude of withdrawal into the family sphere and sometimes reject social and healthcare institutions. Trying to “do the right thing”, they develop their feeding and healthcare practices based on their personal knowledge, preventive recommendations from health professionals and marketing messages from the food industry.
The study also formulates areas of action for health and social work stakeholders.
Download the study (in French only): Pratiques d’alimentation et de soins des femmes enceintes et des jeunes enfants à Nevers – Étude des quartiers Baratte-Courlis et Bords de Loire
Authors: Anne Bichard (Iram), Anaëlle Bidalot (Ireps) Mirrdyn Denizeau (GRET), Rémi Geoffray.
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