Lovin' It?: A Study of Youth and the Culture of Fast Food

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Abstract:

This is an exploration of young people's representations and practices with regard to fast food. Fast food has been a particularly successful innovation in postwar Norwegian cuisine. Young Norwegians eat considerably more fast food than the adult population. However, there are several indications that this type of food has an increasingly problematic food-cultural status among the young. In recent years, the proportion of young people expressing skepticism towards such food has increased considerably. Among young people today, the fear of fat and calories seems to be an important driver of attitudes regarding food and eating. The healthy and the slim are at the top of young people's attractiveness scale. This article shows that youth food culture is not as onesidedly negative as is often claimed in the food-cultural debate. On the contrary, there are many indications that the health trend is strong among the young.

Keywords: AGENCY; BEAUTY; BODY; FAT; HEALTH; IDENTITY; MCDONALD'S; MEDIA; YOUTH

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174411X12810842291236

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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