Study in US says appealing to sense of rebellion as well as social justice can make young people adopt good eating habits.
If you want the teenager in your life to eat healthily telling them it will be good for them in the long term is simply not going to work.
But appealing to their rebelliousness and sense of social justice could make them take notice of their diet – according to a US study that may offer a new approach to tackling obesity and other health problems in the young.
The research suggests that informing teenagers about the manipulative nature of the food industry reduces their preference for sugary drinks and snacks.
By contrast promoting healthy eating based on future health benefits is no more successful than offering no information at all.