Healthy Food Habits: The Australian Guide To Healthy Eating Document Essay

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating document is a pie chart entailing the five different food groups recommended for an average healthy every day diet, this includes; protein, vegetables, dairy products, grains, and fruit. This chart goes more into detail about the different foods in each group such as lean meats and poultry in the protein section.

Barriers to healthy eating

Some Australians face different barriers in everyday life that prevent them from accessing the proper food and hinder their ability to prepare healthy food. Many different variables come into play when it comes to access to healthy food, some factors include unaffordability of healthier food compared to “cheap” alternatives like fast food, lack of access to financial support, food advertisement, and in some cases lack of education or general preference to unhealthy foods that “taste better” than healthy alternatives.

Different energy requirements

The two people in the diagram would need different energy and nutrient requirements even though they are the same age because of the following; body size, composition, and the physical activity they do regularly. Body size relates to how much energy they would need to function normally and do basic activities like walking etc. whereas the actual composition of their body relates to the muscle and fat that they burn or gain. Physical activity relates to the energy burned while exercising and how much is needed depending on the intensity and how regularly it is done. The person in the source A shows that the person is not partial to exercising and would need a lower energy requirement because they burn less energy by not exercising, the person in source B shows them exercising and burning energy which would mean they would need more energy to make up for the energy lost.

Fast food marketing

Teenagers can become more susceptible to fast food because of the constant exposure they have to fast food marketing through different outlets like TV advertisements and very crucially online advertisements. With constant bombardments on platforms that teenagers are very active on, it gives fast food companies the upper hand on advertisements and messaging, this makes fast food seem more accessible, easy and quick than ever, especially with the help of companies like uber/ubereats that make delivery possible from any fast food place possible.

Eating behaviors influenced by Australian media

Australian media has the undeniable ability to influence Australian people and their eating habits, whether this is for better or for worse is completely up to people producing the media and what betters them or their companies. The behaviors of Australians are affected by media through commercials, TV, movies, and general marketing. These different outlets are constants that can’t really be escaped; things like movies have preview advertisements that often involve fast food; websites often have advertisements whether you consciously notice them or not, this can having a lasting effect on people’s choices and how they perceive fast food as a quick, easy, and cheap alternative in people’s busy lives. This could very easily be changed to promote healthier eating habits, especially for more susceptible audiences like young children and teenagers who may not be educated in basic dietary needs and unhealthy foods. This would be ideal but unfortunately marketing is a primary need for companies to promote their products, without that they wouldn’t be making money which is an obvious need for company, regardless of their effect on the public.

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