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Via addressing the difficulty of nutrition and consuming in Britain this present day this assortment considers the ways that nutrients behavior are altering and exhibits how social and private identities and perceptions of overall healthiness threat effect people's meals choices.

The articles discover, between different issues:
• the kinfolk meal
• marriage ceremony cakes
• nostalgia and the discovery of tradition
• the increase of vegetarianism
• the hot BSE crisis
• the `creolization' of British nutrients consuming out
• production of person identification via lifestyle.

The members comprise Hanna Bradby, Simon Charsley, Allison James, Anne Keane, Lydia Martens and Alan Warde.

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Chapman, G. and Maclean, H. (1993) ‘“Junk food” and “healthy food”: meanings of food in adolescent women’s culture’, Journal of Nutrition Education 25, 3:108–13. Chapman, M. Macbeth (eds) Food for Humanity: Cross-disciplinary Readings, Oxford: Oxford Polytechnic. Charles, N. and Kerr, M. (1988) Women, Food and Families, Manchester: Manchester University Press. Charsley, S. (1992) Wedding Cakes and Cultural History, London: Routledge. Chernin, K. (1986) The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity, London: Virago Press.

She states that ‘healthy eating is clearly a political issue’ and that most information about food and health is driven, whether implicitly or explicitly, by commercial considerations. Much research has noted that people are sceptical of current health Approaches to food, health and identity 19 education messages because they do not seem to correspond with their own experience. A good example is a study by Davison and colleagues of official attempts to prevent chronic disease through encouraging behavioural change, especially in diet.

And Willetts, A. (1995) ‘Concepts of healthy eating: An anthropological investigation in South-East London’. Working Paper (mimeo), London: Goldsmiths’ College. Koctürk-Runefors, T. Holm and V. Kjaernes (eds) Palatable Worlds: Sociocultural Food Studies, Oslo: Solum Forlag. Lawrence, M. (1984) The Anorexic Experience, London: The Women’s Press. ) (1987) Fed Up and Hungry: Women, Oppression and Food, London: The Women’s Press. Leach, E. : MIT Press. Lévi-Strauss, C. (1965) ‘The culinary triangle’.

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