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THEODORE, Florence L; BONVECCHIO ARENAS, Anabelle; BLANCO GARCIA, Ilian e CARRETO RIVERA, Yohani. Social representations linked to school feeding: the case of public schools in Mexico City. Salud Colectiva [online]. 2011, vol.7, n.2, pp. 215-229. ISSN 1851-8265.
Mexico is facing an unprecedented epidemic of obesity and overweight, especially among children. This paper seeks to identify the main social representations related to school meals present in the discourse of different actors within the schools. Twenty interviews with school staff and ten discussion groups with boys and girls from 12 schools were conducted. Three main conceptions were identified in relation to school meals: 1) junk food vs. homemade food; 2) different perspectives on the importance of eating fruit; and 3) the enjoyment experienced while eating at school. The contribution of this information towards a better understanding of the mealtime supply of the schools and the demand of the students is discussed. This study also permits the identification of certain elements which profoundly structure the relationships of different school actors to school feeding, which are based on: 1) Ideas about nutrition generated by different and sometimes contradictory fields of knowledge, demonstrating the dynamicity and complexity of the practice of eating: 2) children's understandings about how to classify and prioritize foods; and 3) the connections between food and cultural identity.
Palavras-chave : Overweight; Obesity; School Feeding; Mexico.