How Convenience Is Shaping Australian Diets: The Disappearing Dessert

  • Cathy Banwell
  • Dorothy Broom
  • Anna Davies
  • Jane Dixon
Chapter

Abstract

 Chapter 4 deals more directly with a socio-cultural trend that is repeatedly implicated in rising levels of obesity, namely the rise of convenience foods and the production and marketing of industrial foods. In it we offer as a case study, the dessert, which was a fundamental part of the family meal, and we examine the social, economic and technological changes that have contributed to its disappearance from the family menu. Now a plethora of mass produced convenience foods is available and affordable, including after-meal confections. Increasingly frequently, Baby Boomer and Gen Y Australians eat commercially produced sweet and savoury food products at home and in the form of takeaway, and at restaurants and cafés.

Keywords

Australian Bureau Baby Boomer Sugar Consumption Family Meal Family Health History 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2000 ). Apparent consumption of foodstuffs, Australia, 1997–98 and 1998–99 Cat. No. 4306.0. Canberra: ABS.Google Scholar
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2007). Australian social trends – 2007 4102.0. Canberra: ABS.Google Scholar
  3. Australian Women’s Weekly. (1942). Advertisement for Kraft cheese. Australian Women’s Weekly, 9, 48.Google Scholar
  4. Backett-Milburn, K., Wills, W., Roerts, M.-L., & Lawton, J. (2010). Food, eating and taste: Parents’ perspectives on the making of the middle class teenager. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 1316–1323.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Banwell, C., Dixon, J., Broom, D., & Davies, A. (2010). Habits of a lifetime: Family dining patterns over the lifecourse of older Australians. Health Sociology Review, 19(3), 343–355.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Berry, J., & Wearing-Smith, H. (1993). Proud tradition of Australian cooking: A collection of inherited recipes from the 1920s and 1930s. Roseville: Simon and Shuster.Google Scholar
  7. Bis–Shrapnel Pty Ltd. (1992). The Australian foodservice market (Vol. 3rd). Sydney: Bis–Shrapnel.Google Scholar
  8. Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the judgement of taste. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
  9. Bushells Pty. Ltd. (nd). Bushells cocoa cake recipes. Sydney: Bushells.Google Scholar
  10. Chapman, K., Nicholas, P., & Supramaniam, R. (2006). How much food advertising is there on Australian television. Health Promotion International, 21(3), 172–180.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Country Women’s Association NSW. (1965). A dessert for every day of the year. Sydney: Country Women’s Association.Google Scholar
  12. Country Women’s Association of Western Australia of the Air Kalgoorlie Branch. (1965). 1965 recipes: Tested recipes from the C.W.A. of the air. Kalgoolie: C.W.A. of the Air.Google Scholar
  13. Davis, A. (2011). Healthy citizenship in an obesogenic environment. Canberra: Australian National University.Google Scholar
  14. Dingle, T. (1998). Electrifying the kitchen in interwar Victoria. Journal of Australian Studies, 57, 119–127.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Dixon, J., & Banwell, C. (2004). Heading the table: Parenting and the junior consumer. British Food Journal, 106(2/3), 181–193.Google Scholar
  16. Dixon, H., Scully, M., & Parkinson, K. (2006a). Pester power: snackfoods displayed at supermarket checkouts in Melbourne, Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 17(2), 124–127.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  17. Dixon, J., Hinde, S., & Banwell, C. (2006b). Obesity, convenience and ‘phood’. British Food Journal, 108(8), 634–645.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Douglas, M. (1982). Food as a system of communication. In M. Douglas (Ed.), In the active voice (pp. 82–113). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
  19. Duruz, J. (1999). Food as nostalgia: Eating the fifties and sixties. Australian Historical Studies, 29(113), 231–250.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Espinel, P., & Innes-Hughes, C. (2010). Apparent consumption of selected foods and household food expenditure. Monitoring update. Sydney: PANORG.Google Scholar
  21. Farrer, K. (2005). To feed a nation: A history of Australian food science and technology. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.Google Scholar
  22. Finkelstein, J. (1989). Dining out: A sociology of modern manners. New York: New York University Press.Google Scholar
  23. Gilmore, M. (1934). Old days, old ways: A book of recollections. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.Google Scholar
  24. Gollan, A. (1978). The tradition of Australian cooking. Canberra: Australian National University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Griggs, P. (2006). A natural part of life: The Australian sugar industry’s campaign to reverse declining Australian sugar consumption, 1980–1995. Journal of Australian Studies, 87, 141–154.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Horwath, C. (1988). The food habits of elderly Australians. In A. Truswell & M. Wahlquist (Eds.), Food habits in Australia, Proceedings of the first Deakin/Sydney Universities Symposium on Australian Nutrition (pp. 224–249). North Balwyn: Rene Gordon.Google Scholar
  27. Hughes, R., Harvey, P., & Heywood, P. (1997). The food–service industry, dietary guidelines and change. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 21(5), 539–544.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Kelly, B., Hattersley, L., King, L., & Flood, V. (2009). Smoke and mirrors: Nutrition content claims used to market unhealthy food. Nutrition and Dietetics, 66(1), 62–64.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. King, L., Hebden, L., Grunseit, A., Kelly, B., Chapman, K., & Venugopal, K. (2010). Industry self regulation of television food advertising: Responsible or responsive? International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. doi: 10.3109/17477166.2010.517313.
  30. National Library of Australia. Slideshow Trail: Advertising Australia. Retrieved July 6, 2011, http://www.pictureaustralia.org/slideshow/Advertising+Australia
  31. O’Dea, K., & Mann, J. (2001). Importance of retaining a national dietary guideline for sugar. The Medical Journal of Australia, 175, 165–166.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  32. Santich, B. (1995). ‘It’s a chore!’ women’s attitudes towards cooking. Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 52(1), 11–13.Google Scholar
  33. Santich, B. (2005). Paradigm shifts in the history of dietary advice in Australia. Nutrition and Dietetics, 62(4), 152–157.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Schneider, T., & Davis, T. (2010). Fostering a hunger for health: Food and the self in “the Australian women’s weekly”. Health Sociology Review, 19(3), 285–303.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Schubert, L. (2009). Diet and domestic life in 21st Century Australia: An exploration of time and convenience in family food provisioning. PhD thesis. University of Queensland. Google Scholar
  36. Shove, E. (2003). Converging conventions of comfort, cleanliness and convenience. Journal of Consumer Policy, 26(4), 395–418.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. Shove, E., & Southerton, D. (2000). Defrosting the freezer: From novelty to convenience. Journal of Material Culture, 5, 301–319.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Siemering, A. (2004). Cooking globally eating whenever: The future of dining. Futurist, 38(3), 51.Google Scholar
  39. Sydney Morning Herald. (2008, August 14). Back to the Tim Tam future, Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/business/back to the tim-tam-future-20080813_3v14.htmlGoogle Scholar
  40. Symons, M. (1984). One continuous picnic. Ringwood: Penguin.Google Scholar
  41. Symons, M. (1993). The shared table. Canberra: AGPS.Google Scholar
  42. Symons, M. (2007). One continuous picnic: A gastronomic history of Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.Google Scholar
  43. Walker, R. B., & Roberts, D. C. K. (1988). Colonial food habits. In A. Truswell & L. Wahlquist (Eds.), Food habits in Australia, Proceedings of the first Deakin/Sydney Universities Symposium on Australian Nutrition (pp. 40–59). North Balwyn: Rene Gordon.Google Scholar
  44. Walls, H., Wolfe, R., Haby, M., Magliano, D., de Courten, M., Reid, C., et al. (2009). Trends in BMI of urban Australian adults, 1980–2000. Public Health Nutrition. doi: 10.1017/S1368980009991455.
  45. Warde, A. (1999). Convenience food: Space and timing. British Food Journal, 101(7), 518–527.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  46. Wyn, J., & Woodman, D. (2006). Generation, youth and social change in Australia. Journal of Youth Studies, 9(5), 495–514.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Banwell
    • 1
  • Dorothy Broom
    • 1
  • Anna Davies
    • 1
  • Jane Dixon
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Epidemiology & Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Personalised recommendations