Is the Food Environment Making Us Unhealthy?

What is the food environment and is it making us unhealthy? Does today’s food environment cause us to make choices we wouldn’t otherwise make? Are our food choices personal and up to us, or does the food environment we’re in determine what we choose?

We explore the answers to these questions in this episode with Dr. Sara Kirk, a Professor of Health Promotion at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Kirk defines the food environment and explains how this complex, modern-day situation can have detrimental impacts on our overall health and wellbeing. She also talks about the different roles public health, industry and consumers can play in shaping and changing the food environment towards healthier choices.

This episode was sparked by a recent article written by Dr Kirk and Jessie-Lee McIsaac via the National Post.

*The views expressed in Food and Health Today do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Public Health Association/ Nutrition Resource Centre.
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