Between Urgent and Lifelong Matters

Overweight Children’s Voices on Health Promotion Pedagogies

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Abstract

This article addresses the learner perspective on doing overweight by listening to 39 Danish overweight children aged 8 to 13 years old. In accordance with the existing critique of the ‘obesity epidemic’ and medico-scientific discourses around food and exercise, this article explores how new health imperatives shape overweight children’s self-narratives. Health pedagogical activities in Denmark are between urgent and lifelong approaches to achieving health, and the article presents overweight children’s voices on having to learn new health behaviour in between these two schisms. From a social constructionist and post-structuralist perspective, the analysis demonstrates how the children both subscribe to discourses of discipline and control over health actions, as well as legitimate narratives of having to adjust, accommodate and negotiate health challenges to everyday life practices. The article addresses what can be learnt from listening to overweight children’s voices in the context of performing meaningful health pedagogies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
ISSN0159-6306
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2017

Bibliographical note

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education on 29 Nov 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01596306.2017.1408572.”

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