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Persson Osowski, ChristineORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1142-1495
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Persson Osowski, C. (2020). Traditional or cultural relativist school meals?: The construction of religiously sanctioned school meals on social media. In: Gustafsson, Ulla; O’Connell, Rebecca; Draper Alizon; Tonner, Andrea (Ed.), What is food?: Researching a topic with many meanings. London: Routledge
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2020 (English)In: What is food?: Researching a topic with many meanings / [ed] Gustafsson, Ulla; O’Connell, Rebecca; Draper Alizon; Tonner, Andrea, London: Routledge, 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2020
Series
Sociological Futures Book Series
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398187 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-03 Created: 2019-12-03 Last updated: 2019-12-03
Skinnars Josefsson, M., Mattsson Sydner, Y. & Persson Osowski, C. (2019). Mat och måltider i välfärden. In: Nicklas Neuman (Ed.), Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv (pp. 249-269). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2019 (Swedish)In: Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv / [ed] Nicklas Neuman, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, p. 249-269Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396780 (URN)978-91-44-13167-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-10 Created: 2019-11-10 Last updated: 2019-11-10
Mattsson Sydner, Y., Persson Osowski, C. & Lövheim, M. (2019). Mat och religion (1ed.). In: Nicklas Neuman (Ed.), Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv (pp. 313-330). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2019 (Swedish)In: Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv / [ed] Nicklas Neuman, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 1, p. 313-330Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396778 (URN)978-91-44-13167-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-10 Created: 2019-11-10 Last updated: 2019-11-10
Bergman, K., Eli, K., Persson Osowski, C., Lövestam, E. & Nowicka, P. (2019). Public expressions of trust and distrust in governmental dietary advice in Sweden. Qualitative Health Research, 29(8), 1161-1173
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2019 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 29, no 8, p. 1161-1173Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine public trust and distrust in governmental food and nutrition authorities, through analyzing 727 letters sent electronically to the Swedish National Food Agency by lay people. Using thematic analysis, four themes were developed, defining public expressions of trust and distrust in official dietary advice. Trust was expressed as (a) seeking to confirm and clarify dietary advice, or (b) seeking official arbitration between competing dietary advice. Distrust was expressed as (c) questioning and scrutinizing dietary advice, or (d) protesting and resisting dietary advice. Notably, expressions of distrust employed discursive practices that both mirrored authoritative discourses and subverted official advice, by appealing to scientific language and 'alternative' evidence. All letters positioned the agency as the ultimate authority on healthy eating; notwithstanding whether the agency’s advice was to be followed or resisted. Thus, the letters revealed how the same authoritative discourses can simultaneously be a site of public trust and distrust.

National Category
Sociology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371985 (URN)10.1177/1049732318825153 (DOI)000471163000007 ()30741093 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-10-13Bibliographically approved
Persson Osowski, C. & Mattsson Sydner, Y. (2019). The family meal as an ideal: Children's perceptions of foodwork and commensality in everyday life and feasts. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 43(2), 178-186
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The family meal as an ideal: Children's perceptions of foodwork and commensality in everyday life and feasts
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 43, no 2, p. 178-186Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article concerns meals from the point of view of children, focusing on structural and sociocultural aspects of meals in a Western context in general, and Sweden in particular. The aim was to study children's perceptions of meals with regard to what, where and with whom meals are eaten and how meals are made. The method used was an internet‐based, ethnological questionnaire, which is a qualitative method in which participants share their experiences and values regarding a certain topic of interest in writing. A hundred and twelve Swedish children were included. The children almost exclusively chose to write about family meals. These meals were described as well‐structured and organized, and were often portrayed in an idealized way, with family members sharing proper meals at home, spending an enjoyable time together with a nice atmosphere and good conversation. The children made a distinction between everyday meals and festive meals, where the main differences were that festive meals were more prone to include extended family and friends besides the nuclear family, and were described in a more exceptional way with regard to what is served and mealtime conditions. The article concludes that the family meal functioned as a way to construct the family and as a site where children acquire norms and values about meals and family identity, but they did so in an active way, by breaking rules and by challenging norms, thereby also contributing to change. The changing nature of the family meal was also seen in an extended proper meal and the commensal aspects surrounding mealtime, as commensality included both commensal eating and commensal foodwork.

National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366976 (URN)10.1111/ijcs.12495 (DOI)000459704100005 ()
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M., Lindgren, S. & Persson Osowski, C. (2018). Mapping of food waste quantification methodologies in the food services of Swedish municipalities. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 137, 191-199
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2018 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, E-ISSN 1879-0658, Vol. 137, p. 191-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since food waste valorisation measures, like energy recovery, have limited possibilities to fully recover the resources invested in food production, there is a need to prevent food waste. Prevention is most important at the end of the value chain, where most sub-processes have already taken place, like in catering facilities. In Sweden, the public catering sector serves a large number of meals through municipal organisations, including schools, preschools and elderly care homes. Many of these organisations quantify food waste, but since Sweden has 290 municipalities with a high degree of independence, the possible variation is significant. This study therefore investigated how food waste is quantified, in order to help formulate a national standard for food waste quantification.

Mapping of food waste quantification practices was conducted using a questionnaire and follow-up telephone calls, achieving a response rate of 93%. Of the 290 Swedish municipalities, 55% replied that they quantify food waste on central level. The most common practice at present is to quantify plate- and serving waste from school lunches during two weeks per year, and to compile waste data in spreadsheets and compare the values against the number of plates used, giving a result in grams per portion served. There are many similarities between municipalities, so there is great potential to implement a common standard that many municipalities already fulfil. This is important in order to gain acceptance and fast implementation, thereby speeding up the process of establishing a benchmark for food waste in the Swedish public sector catering sector.

National Category
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354866 (URN)10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.06.013 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-06-23 Created: 2018-06-23 Last updated: 2018-10-03Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M., Lindgren, S. & Persson Osowski, C. (2018). Mapping of food waste quantification methodologies in the food services of Swedish municipalities. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 137, 191-199
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mapping of food waste quantification methodologies in the food services of Swedish municipalities
2018 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, E-ISSN 1879-0658, Vol. 137, p. 191-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since food waste valorisation measures, like energy recovery, have limited possibilities to fully recover the resources invested in food production, there is a need to prevent food waste. Prevention is most important at the end of the value chain, where most sub-processes have already taken place, like in catering facilities. In Sweden, the public catering sector serves a large number of meals through municipal organisations, including schools, preschools and elderly care homes. Many of these organisations quantify food waste, but since Sweden has 290 municipalities with a high degree of independence, the possible variation is significant. This study therefore investigated how food waste is quantified, in order to help formulate a national standard for food waste quantification. Mapping of food waste quantification practices was conducted using a questionnaire and follow-up telephone calls, achieving a response rate of 93%. Of the 290 Swedish municipalities, 55% replied that they quantify food waste on central level. The most common practice at present is to quantify plate- and serving waste from school lunches during two weeks per year, and to compile waste data in spreadsheets and compare the values against the number of plates used, giving a result in grams per portion served. There are many similarities between municipalities, so there is great potential to implement a common standard that many municipalities already fulfil. This is important in order to gain acceptance and fast implementation, thereby speeding up the process of establishing a benchmark for food waste in the Swedish public sector catering sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, 2018
Keywords
Food waste, School, Preschool, Elderly care, Canteens, Municipalities
National Category
Food Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-362092 (URN)10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.06.013 (DOI)000441687900016 ()
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2018-10-03Bibliographically approved
Somaraki, M., Eli, K., Sorjonen, K., Flodmark, C.-E., Marcus, C., Faith, M. S., . . . Nowicka, P. (2018). Perceived child eating behaviours and maternal migrant background. Appetite, 125, 302-313
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2018 (English)In: Appetite, ISSN 0195-6663, E-ISSN 1095-8304, Vol. 125, p. 302-313Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (CEBQ) is a well-established instrument in the study of obesity-related eating behaviours among children. However, research using the CEBQ in multicultural samples is limited. This study aims to identify and examine differences in child eating behaviours as reported by Swedish-born and non-Swedish-born mothers living in Sweden. Mothers (n = 1310, 74 countries of origin, mean age 36.5 years, 63.6% with higher education, 29.2% with overweight or obesity) of children aged 3–8 years (mean age 4.8 years, 18.1% with overweight or obesity) completed the CEBQ. Responses were analysed using CEBQ subscales Food Responsiveness, Emotional Overeating, Enjoyment of Food, and Desire to Drink, clustering into Food Approach, and subscales Satiety Responsiveness, Slowness in Eating, Emotional Undereating, and Food Fussiness, clustering into Food Avoidance. Data were compared across seven regional groups, divided by maternal place of birth: (1) Sweden (n = 941), (2) Nordic and Western Europe (n = 68), (3) Eastern and Southern Europe (n = 97), (4) the Middle East and North Africa (n = 110), (5) East, South and Southeast Asia (n = 52), (6) Sub-Saharan Africa (n = 16), and (7) Central and South America (n = 26). Crude, partly and fully adjusted linear regression models controlled for child's age, gender and weight status, and mother's education, weight status and concern about child weight. The moderation effect of maternal concern about child weight was examined through interaction analyses. Results showed that while Food Approach and Food Avoidance behaviours were associated with maternal migrant background, associations for Food Fussiness were limited. Notably, mothers born in the Middle East and North Africa reported higher frequencies of both Food Approach (except for Enjoyment of Food) and Food Avoidance. The study highlights the importance of examining how regionally-specific maternal migrant background affects mothers' perceptions of child eating behaviours.

Keywords
appetite, children, culture, family, overweight, obesity
National Category
Nutrition and Dietetics
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341465 (URN)10.1016/j.appet.2018.02.010 (DOI)000430777900035 ()29438715 (PubMedID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-02404Vinnova, 2011-03443Swedish Society of MedicineSven Jerring FoundationMagnus Bergvall FoundationFredrik och Ingrid Thurings StiftelseHelge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Available from: 2018-02-09 Created: 2018-02-09 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved
Bergman, K., Persson Osowski, C., Eli, K., Lövestam, E., Elmståhl, H. & Nowicka, P. (2018). Stakeholder responses to governmental dietary guidelines: Challenging the status quo, or reinforcing it?. British Food Journal, 120(3), 613-624
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2018 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 120, no 3, p. 613-624Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how stakeholders in the food and nutrition field construct and conceptualise “appropriate” national dietary advice.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 40 voluntarily written stakeholder responses to updated official dietary guidelines in Sweden were analysed thematically. The analysis explored the logics and arguments employed by authorities, interest organisations, industry and private stakeholders in attempting to influence the formulation of dietary guidelines.

Findings

Two main themes were identified: the centrality of anchoring advice scientifically and modes of getting the message across to the public. Stakeholders expressed a view of effective health communication as that which is nutritionally and quantitatively oriented and which optimises individuals’ capacities to take action for their own health. Their responses did not offer alternative framings of how healthy eating could be practiced but rather conveyed an understanding of dietary guidelines as documents that provide simplified answers to complex questions.

Practical implications

Policymakers should be aware of industrial actors’ potential vested interests and actively seek out other stakeholders representing communities and citizen interests. The next step should be to question the extent to which it is ethical to publish dietary advice that represents a simplified way of conceptualising behavioural change, and thereby places responsibility for health on the individual.

Originality/value

This research provides a stakeholder perspective on the concept of dietary advice and is among the first to investigate referral responses to dietary guidelines.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
Keywords
Food policy, Concept of advice, Dietary guidelines, Nutritional reductionism, Stakeholder influences
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Ethics
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341383 (URN)10.1108/BFJ-08-2017-0466 (DOI)000427495600008 ()
Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2019-10-13Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M., Persson Osowski, C., Björkman, J., Hansson, E., Malefors, C., Eriksson, E. & Ghosh, R. (2018). The tree structure: A general framework for food waste quantification in food services. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 130, 140-151
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2018 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, E-ISSN 1879-0658, Vol. 130, p. 140-151Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food waste in the food services industry has been identified as an important unsustainability hotspot, but standardised methods for food waste quantification are lacking. Existing studies on waste quantity assessments have several limitations, such as short and infrequent quantifications times, large methodological variations ranging from physical measurements to visual observations, and lack of comparability across catering unit types. Since lack of comparable waste figures can lead to error-prone analysis, a general framework is needed for waste quantification in food services. This paper presents one such framework that allows data comparisons when overlapping observations are included. The framework was tested in six case studies in professional (public and private) catering units in Sweden. Data were collected from different schools, elderly care homes and hotels and fitted into the framework. The results from these case studies indicate that the framework enables catering units to focus waste quantification on their individual problem areas. It also provides the possibility to extend waste quantification over time without any loss of generalisability. A graphical representation of the framework fits the traditional tree structure and was found to act as a suitable foundation for food waste quantification in food services by structuring collected data. In order to fully utilise the potential of the tree structure, it should be supplemented with precise definitions to create a catering food waste quantification standard.

National Category
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335487 (URN)10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.11.030 (DOI)000423005400018 ()
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved
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