Eating In Cars

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Eating In Cars

Published on July 26 2012


Professor Jackie Botterill (CPCF) was successful in a recent round of funding offered by the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS).  In an age when many Canadians are spending more time in their cars commuting to and from work, locked in traffic jams, and ferrying their children to various activities, it is becoming more common to eat in cars.  The research explores the nutritional quality of foods and beverages consumed in the car.  It considers the impact of car diets on health concerns, such as obesity, and the role eating in the car might play in distracted driving and auto accidents. The CRISS funds will allow Dr. Botterill to use an approach that is inspired by archeologists as she observes the interiors of parked cars to document evidence of food and beverage consumption in an attempt to understand the nature of this relatively new context of eating in cars in Canada.  She says that "Eating in the car is now an everyday practice for millions of Canadians, linked to variety of risk factors,  yet few empirical studies of this phenomena exist. By supporting this research, CRISS enables the creation of base line measures of potential interest to many stakeholders.  I am excited by the prospect of taking these initial research steps towards building a greater understanding mobile eating cultures.  The research also provides an important point of comparison to my other research focused on the practices and discourses of eating at the table.”