Behavioural nutrition: Strategies to promote healthy eating in adolescents
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Despite evidence that adolescents are aware of the benefits of healthy eating, the majority do not eat enough healthy foods, such as vegetables and fruit. They are consuming too much less-healthy food that is high in sugar, saturated fat and/or salt. The choice to eat healthier foods is influenced by factors other than health in adolescents. Behavioural nutrition applies marketing, psychology and consumer behaviour principles to food and nutritional intake. This article summarises key behavioural nutrition strategies that can positively influence adolescents’ food choices. Practical applications of these strategies are suggested for teachers and other advocates for healthy eating.
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