This Social Science seminar took place on 4 October 2015 at the University of Brighton. Dr Carolyn Mahoney, Visiting Research Fellow, presented findings from an ESRC-funded PhD studentship and the book which followed it, entitled Health food and social inequality: Critical perspectives on the supply and marketing of food.
The research challenges the dominant individual behaviour/responsibility paradigm of obesity and diet-related illness, with a focus on structural factors, investigating how the food industry develops products and markets them to people by, among other things, social class, and the normalisation via food marketing of snack and fast foods and the bundling together of such foods. Inextricably linked to food industry strategies is the changing nature of the food supply, beginning with developments in agriculture and including the role of agricultural subsidies, processing techniques, trade liberalisation and changes in food retailing.
Using a range of images and data to illustrate her talk, Carolyn discussed:
Dr Carolyn Mahoney presented her findings from this publication entitled Health, food and social inequality: Critical perspective on the supply and marketing of food.
The event was a one-hour seminar attracting staff and students.