Opinion article* published in The Conversation written Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Canberra Lauren Williams and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, Professor John Germov.

There’s an old saying, you are what you eat. If you look at the average Australian diet, we’re in trouble.

The rise of the 24/7 society, unsocial work hours and an accelerating pace of life have led the consumption of fast food to soar. Nearly one in four of the meals we eat are prepared outside the home and they tend to contain more fat, salt and sugar than the homemade equivalent.

Alongside the negative health outcomes of fast food are the environmental impacts of industrialised food production and packaging, and management of food waste.

Read the full article in The Conversation.

Professor John Germov

* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.