Food crisis: we’re eating to death

IN A world obsessed with master chefs and iron chefs, once humble cooks are treated like rock stars. 

They peruse the colourful farmers’ markets and urge viewers to get to know their butchers. 

‘Food porn’ is a phenomenon across the Western world: US First Lady Michelle Obama tends her White House vegetable garden, and UK larrikin chef Jamie Oliver takes on tuck-shop ladies to improve school lunches. So you might think that eating well has never been cooler or sexier. 

The sad fact is that Australia’s current eating and exercise habits are creating health problems that are likely to last for decades.

According to a 2008 report by Access Economics, 3.7 million Australians are obese, with women fatter than men. More alarming still is a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that one in four children is overweight or obese, based on 2007–08 figures.

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