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Title: Healthy eating : lay and professional perspectives in Scotland
Author: Fuller, T. L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 743X
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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By exploring both lay and professional perspectives on 'healthy eating', this thesis aims to identify the socio-cultural processes which are relevant to understanding the potential for general practice as a setting for providing 'healthy eating advice'. Lay views of 'healthy eating' were explored in relation to their everyday lives, so that their views on advice provided in the general practice setting could be understood within this broader context. For the general practitioners, the focus was upon their professional views of healthy eating work, how this related to their personal views on food and eating, and how this may influence any advice they do provide. Analysis of the lay interviews revealed that lay concepts of 'healthy eating' are deeply embedded within everyday understandings of health and subsequently 'health' is only one priority that explains why people eat what they do on a day to day basis. The lay respondents also distanced themselves from different types of 'healthy eating advice', by evaluating it in relation to 'common-sense' understandings of the relationship between food and health. But although a distancing process was also applied to evaluating the general practitioner's role in this area, they questioned the legitimacy of 'healthy eating' as a discussion topic because they felt that a GP's role was to treat illness. The analysis of the interviews with general practitioners revealed they also drew upon certain models of general practice to evaluate the potential of the setting for providing 'healthy eating advice'. Their accounts revealed contrasting enthusiasm towards preventive work more generally. It was apparent that these models appeared to influence how these general practitioners talked about what preventive work their profession should be undertaking. However, these models also appeared to influence how they talked about their own experiences of the 'healthy eating advice' they did provide.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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