The role of women in food provision and food choice decision-making in Singapore: a case study

Wang, M. C.; Naidoo, N.; Ferzacca, S.; Reddy, G. and Dam, R. M. Van (2014). The role of women in food provision and food choice decision-making in Singapore: a case study. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53(6) pp. 658–677.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2014.911178

Abstract

As countries develop economically and increasing numbers of women enter the workforce, children are partly being cared for by someone other than their mother. Little is known about the impact of this shift in child-care provider on children’s nutrition. This study presents findings from a case study of Singapore, a small country that has experienced phenomenal economic growth. Focus groups were conducted with 130 women of varying educational levels and ethnicities to learn about food decisions in their families. The findings showed that Singaporean working women cook infrequently, families eat out frequently, and children exert considerable influence on food choices. Implications for work–family policies and child health are discussed.

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