Rachel Engler-Stringer interviewed in Today's Parent on unhealthy food environments

April 11, 2018

SPHERU's Rachel Engler-Stringer was recently interviewed in Today's Parent about how people's eating habits are informed by their food environments.

SPHERU's Rachel Engler-Stringer was interviewed in Today's Parent about unhealthy food environments
SPHERU's Rachel Engler-Stringer was interviewed in Today's Parent about unhealthy food environments

The article, entitled, “Your kids are surrounded by junk food. So what’s a parent to do?” explores how there seems to be plenty of unhealthy food options at retailers, grocery stores and even leisure centres.

Engler-Stringer weighed in on why people seem to be making more unhealthy choices when it comes to food consumption.

“There is greater consumption of the foods we shouldn’t be eating all the time when there is closer proximity and greater density [of these types of food stores and restaurants],” Engler-Stringer said.

People’s access to unhealthy foods has increased since the 1970s. “Even compared to 20 years ago, you have unhealthy food environments wherever you go,” she said.

As for what parents, and consumers, should do about unhealthy food environments, check out the full article on Today’s Parent.

“You can’t just tell people to eat a certain way and expect them to do that,” Engler-Stringer said. “Our environment does shape our health.”


 

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