In this free course, Children and young people: food and food marketing, you learned that children and young people’s relationships with food are a key, lifelong aspect of their daily lived experience. Although all children have individual taste preferences, their attitudes to food are strongly influenced by the many features of the worlds they live in, including their families, friends, schools, and the marketing and sale of food all around them. Children and young people thus develop moralities and identities about food that are complex, that depend on their class, generational and cultural positioning, and that are influenced by the media and by the shops on their streets. Children and young people have rights to live and grow in environments that are nurturing and healthy, where they can easily encounter, taste and enjoy good food, and it is up to all elements of the adult world to create these environments for them.
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This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E808 Children and young people’s worlds.