Healthy eating: A matter of prioritisation by households or policymakers?

Joreintje Dingena MacKenbach*

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I reflect upon the potential reasons why American low-income households do not spend an optimal proportion of their food budgets on fruits and vegetables, even though this would allow them to meet the recommended levels of fruit and vegetable consumption. Other priorities than health, automatic decision-making processes and access to healthy foods play a role, but solutions for the persistent socio-economic inequalities in diet should be sought in the wider food system which promotes cheap, mass-produced foods. I argue that, ultimately, healthy eating is not a matter of prioritisation by individual households but by policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1851-1853
Number of pages3
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Issue number7
Early online date26 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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