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RODRIGUES, Jaime. Alimentação popular em São Paulo (1920 a 1950): políticas públicas, discursos técnicos e práticas profissionais. An. mus. paul. [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.2, pp.221-255. ISSN 0101-4714.

This article discusses how the concept of "lower-class eating habits" came about and developed in the intellectual circles of São Paulo during the first half of the 20th century. It starts by reconstructing the elements of the debate around the income and ignorance of the underprivileged as the main reasons behind their bad eating habits. Then, it looks at the focal points for interventions and public policies proposed by the government to deal with the problem thus identified, namely: training methods to produce sanitation counselors capable of offering dietary guidance as well; popular educational campaigns and new learning sites in addition to schools (e.g. healthcare centers and households); lunch and other means of offering food at schools; and diagnostic studies about food intake and eating habits among laborers. Because they were translated into technical and scientific language, the proposals and policies implemented in São Paulo left traces in a variety of supporting documents and media (photographs, primers, posters, inquiry notebooks, and academic literature).

Keywords : Eating habits; Nutrition; Social History; Public Health.

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