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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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LINDSAY, Ana Cristina et al. Child feeding practices and household food insecurity among low-income mothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.661-669. ISSN 1678-4561.

This qualitative study of low-income mothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, examines the influence of socio-economic conditions, organizational structures, family relationships, and food insecurity on child feeding practices and weight status. Thirty-eight mothers of preschool children living in urban Buenos Aires participated in four focus group discussions. The results indicated that many mothers were aware that obesity may be detrimental to the child's health, but most of them are unclear about the specific consequences. Maternal employment, family pressures, food insecurity and financial worries seem to influence child feeding practices. These findings have important implications for developing strategies for nutritional assistance that could benefit the health of children and provide opportunities for educational programs that are directed to nutritional awareness in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The right to eat regularly and properly is an obligation of the State and must be implemented taking into account the notion of food sovereignty and respecting the importance of preserving the culture and eating habits of a country and its diverse population groups

Keywords : Qualitative research; Child feeding; Food insecurity; Mothers; Argentina.

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