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The Social Context of Food course for General Practitioners

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

As healthcare practitioners we often feel we know what infants and young children should be eating, but the families we work with can experience barriers in putting this information into practice. In our day-to-day practice, we need to consider the social aspects of food and the effect that our environment has on our food choices.

This session was reviewed by Amanda Avery and updated in February 2017.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the variability in how families organise eating according to religious, cultural and socio-economic circumstances
  • List the external influences on families’ food choices
  • Describe the benefits of family mealtimes and parental role modelling

To improve nutritional intakes of families and communities, healthcare practitioners (HCPs) need to help families change their eating habits. To do this, HCPs require an understanding of why and how families make their food choices and engage in particular feeding practices.

Instructors / Speakers
Lisa Holmes,
Freelance Paediatric Dietitian

Lisa worked as a Paediatric Dietitian for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust in West Yorkshire for nine years before starting as a freelance Peadiatric Dietitian after moving back to Aberdeenshire in early 2008.

Her special interests are obesity, feeding problems and poor growth.

The Social Context of Food course for General Practitioners
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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