Why healthy food environments
The decisions we make about food are so easily influenced by the environments we find ourselves in – the spaces we inhabit, the places we frequent, and the overall conditions of our lives. The availability of food and drink products, where they are positioned in an outlet, how much they cost, and how they are promoted all subtly guide our choices, often without us even realising it. Modern food environments are typically flooded with discretionary products high in saturated fat, sugar, and salt, and these are heavily marketed, especially for children. It is difficult to make a healthy choice in these conditions.
However, research has shown that when food environments offer healthier options, and make them appealing, customers are empowered to purchase these options.
Queenslanders have told us that this is what they want; the power to access easily available, reasonably priced, healthier food and drink options when eating out of home. We spoke to over 1250 Queenslanders and what we heard was: