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Influences on Food Choices

July 28, 2017

What we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat are all decisions influenced by the environment around us.

What kinds of things influence us every day?

  • Advertising: promotions are often aimed at children and young people – and often promote unhealthy foods.
  • Price: healthy foods sometimes cost more than less healthy options (for example, milk vs fizzy drinks).
  • Packaging size: single package sizes may seem to be an appropriate amount for a single serving – but there can be more than one recommended serving contained in the package (for example, Large Fries vs Small Fries).
  • Food Source: when we buy prepared food, it is often higher in fat, salt and/or sugar, but lower in dietary fibre and other nutrients.
  • Distractions: doing other things while eating (for example, watching TV, playing computer games) can lead to eating a larger quantity of food without noticing it.
  • Peer Pressure: eating what your friends are eating may not always be the best choice.
  • Time: busier lifestyles can leave less time for preparing fresh meals at home.

What can I do?

  • Helping to plan and prepare meals can help me learn about nutrition and be aware of what I eat.
  • Understanding the nutrition panels on food packets will help me be aware of what is in the food that I buy and help me make healthier food choices.
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Harold Life Ed

About Harold Life Ed

This article was written by the Life Education Trust. Every year Harold and the Life Education Trust teach over 250,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition and helpful and harmful substances.

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1

I am defiantly going to eat less WOW

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This is a very interesting article and it makes me think twice about what i eat.

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thanks Harold!

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I'm defiantly gonna eat healthier wow thanks for bringing this to my concern now I can be healthier