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  • The Influence of Gender and Food Insecurity on the Eating Practices of Poor, Pregnant Women in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Levay, Adrienne
  • English
  • food insecurity
    eating practices
    food security
  • Jan 30, 2012 5:08 PM
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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction between rising levels of food insecurity in the urban setting and the existing gender structures and their impact on eating practices while pregnant. Using a focused-ethnography with a feminist approach in an urban slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we interviewed pregnant women and new mothers as well as older women, traditional midwives, delivery center staff and husbands. Knowledge around food practices while pregnant was largely in agreement with the western biomedical understanding of healthy pregnancy nutrition. However, women were largely unable to operationalize this knowledge due to poverty. Gender norms in the slum setting appear to be being challenged with respects to mobility and decision-making. However, limited access to sufficient quality and quantities of food overrode women’s seemingly increased level of “freedom” in the slum. A more humanistic approach to maternal nutrition programs is proposed.
  • Master's
  • Master of Science
  • School Public Health Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Spring 2012
  • Mumtaz, Zubia (Public Health Sciences)
  • Willows, Noreen (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
    Vallianatos, Helen (Department of Anthropology)

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