Childhood nutrition in the 19th century
Childhood malnutrition is a pressing health concern but its origins trace back to the late 19th century in Europe when food cultures across the Continent also helped formulate national identities. The EU-funded Feeding, Education Dieting programme, otherwise known by its acronym FED, focuses on a comparative qualitative analysis of malnutrition narratives in children's literature in Britain and Italy between 1850 and 1900. The project narratives centre on the core features of characters eating and starving, relaying also dominant discourse in gender role, social influence and health in body and mind. The project will help address current European issues on child malnutrition, promoting international collaborations in research.