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Diet and Public Health Campaigns: Implementation and Appropriation of Nutritional Recommendations in France and Luxembourg
Reckinger, Rachel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Régnier, Faustine mailto []
Academic Press
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[en] Public health ; Nutritional recommendations ; Implementation ; Appropriation ; Food consumption ; International comparison
[en] Based on two surveys e a French and a Luxembourgish one e with in-depth-interviews, this article
examines the implementation of nutritional recommendations in two European countries. Each of
them has promoted at governmental level a public health campaign regarding food consumption and
daily diet. In which way e and by which social categories e are the recommendations taken in and
put into practice, and if so, which appropriation processes and interpretations occur? Do the social,
societal and cultural differences between Luxembourg and France (as well as within them), in terms
of standard of living and dissemination of norms account for differentiated appropriations of dietary
incentives? We will first compare the overarching goals as well as the dietary norms these two
programs promote, in terms of similarities versus particularities both of the recommendations'
content and of the way they are communicated. We will then examine the perception of these norms.
The comparison France / Luxembourg shows that socio-cultural logics override national ones: the way
in which individuals perceive the recommendations and appropriate them reflect more the social
affiliation than the national one; gender and the events of the life cycle, particularly parentality, are
also relevant to the reception of dietary recommendations. Transversal to all social milieus and in
both national contexts, interviewees operate a selective internalisation of the perceived recommendations
in a proactive yet pragmatic posture of personal responsibility. Ultimately, public dietary
recommendations are only appropriated if they match people's daily priorities and constraints, as well
as the general cultural values of their social milieu. This allows us to conclude to transnational,
transversal, plural and distinctive everyday-cultural models of food consumption and differing notions
of a “proper” diet.
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