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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19121

Title: Food, Eating and the Body: An Account of Women's Lived Experiences Across the Lifespan
Authors: Antoniou, Maria C.
Advisor: Piran, Niva
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: hunger, appetite
eating experiences
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2010
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore women’s subjective food and eating experiences from childhood through to adulthood and the ways in which these experiences either connected or disconnected them from their appetites for food and eating. The present study used a qualitative life history methodology, the goal of which is to assess individuals’ lived experiences to construct broader contextual meaning. In-depth interviews were used to investigate food and eating experiences among twelve women between ages 25 and 44, representing diverse social and cultural backgrounds as well as current and past eating problems. Participants took part in an open-ended interview, using a series of guided questions about their food and eating experiences from childhood through to adulthood. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed for themes using the constant comparison method. Two models emerged from the data in this study that described the social factors that connected and disconnected women from their appetites and eating. The Regulating Discourses Model which outlines current ways women negotiate appetite and desire through food and eating experiences, and the Socialization through Food and Eating Model which delineates socialization processes related to food and eating during women’s development. This research may be useful for counselors, health care professionals, as well as the larger community to increase awareness on ways to maintain girls’ and women’s connection to their bodily appetites and desires throughout the lifespan.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19121
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