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Small Bites: Biocultural Dimension of Children’s Food and Nutrition

Small Bites: Biocultural Dimension of Children’s Food and Nutrition
By Tina Moffat
UBC Press

Picky eating. Obesity. Malnutrition. Small Bites challenges preconceptions about the biological basis of children’s eating habits, gendered and parent-focused responsibility, and the notion of naturally determined children’s foods. Tina Moffat draws on extensive anthropological research to explore the biological and sociocultural determinants of child nutrition and feeding. Are children naturally picky eaters? How can school meal programs help to address food insecurity and malnutrition? How has the industrial food system commodified children’s food and shaped children’s bodies? Small Bites investigates how children are fed in school and at home in Nepal, France, Japan, Canada, and the United States to reveal the ways child nutrition reflects broader cultural approaches to childhood and food. This important work also sets a course for food policy, schools, communities, and caregivers to improve children’s food and nutrition equitably and sustainably.

Tina Moffat is associate professor and chair of the department of anthropology at McMaster University, Canada. She is coeditor of Human Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural Perspective: Past Meets Present.

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