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This section looks at obesity rates and diet related health


In recent years obesity rates and diet related health issues have influenced medical, political and public attitudes to food and raised issues about healthy eating. Within this context, approaches to 'tackling obesity' have focused on food as diet, commodity and process: advocating daily amounts of nutrients that are 'good' or 'bad' for you, the 'volume' of food to eat, portion sizes, and consumer choice. There are conflicting messages ranging from scepticism about government policy and celebrity campaigns to articles on TV star diets and primary school children 'highly aware' of food branding. The resulting concern about whose role it is to make food choices is understandable, but it also reflects the focus on thinking about food as process and commodity without recognising the importance of understating food as cultural experience.

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