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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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CHUPROSKI, Paula et al. Eating behaviors and the social status of families of malnourished children. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.1, pp.52-59. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this study was to learn about the everyday eating behaviors and the social status of the families of malnourished children. This qualitative study involved eight families. Data were collected by participant observation and semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis revealed the following themes: family eating; the family's social status and eating during childhood; and the presence of social programs and equipment. The family did not gather for meals and their food consisted basically of different sources of carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables were very limited and considered to be food choices that did not provide sustenance. Differences were observed between the family's' and the children's' eating habits. Social programs and equipment provided important support, especially regarding the positive attachment with institutions and professionals and following the children's health. The family's social status does not allow the offering of appropriate quantities and quality of food throughout the month, thus compromising the nutritional status of the children, who are deprived of appropriate foods of adequate nutritional value.

Keywords : Feeding; Family; Socioeconomic factors; Malnutrition; Child.

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