Mums feel pressure of cooking duty

phys.org | 2/3/2015 | Staff
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Australia's National Nutritional Guidelines are not helpful to working mums, who are committed to providing nutritious meals for their families but find this difficult under time pressures that are ubiquitous to modern life.

Flinders University researchers found that time-scarcity for working mothers—and especially those who are also studying—amplified stress attached to providing family food and that more help is needed from the family unit and society at large to support ideal nutritional goals.

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The report—"Feeding the Australian family: challenges for mothers, nutrition and equity," by Kaye Mehta, Sue Booth, John Coveney and Lyndall Strazdins, published in Health Promotion International, found that women are shouldering the bulk of household duties, including family food provision, despite increasing participation in the workforce.

The research focused on 22 employed South Australian mothers who had at least one child aged less than 13 years, with the aim of understanding their daily experience of providing food for their families—especially the intersection between family food provision, gender inequality and nutritional guidelines as they impact women's time and health.

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"Most mothers valued nutrition and strove to provide nutritious meals, but tend to work from their own nutritional understandings, not the national nutrition guidelines," says report lead author Associate Professor Kaye Mehta.

"They saw the nutrition guidelines as unhelpful because of the time demands that were implied."

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The national dietary guidelines recommend a whole-of-family approach that encompasses what is purchased...
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