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      Socially Constructing Healthy Eating: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of Healthy Eating Information and Advice.

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          A variety of materials offering healthy eating advice have been produced in the United Kingdom to encourage people to eat well and avoid diet-related health issues. By applying a Foucauldian discourse analysis, this research aimed to uncover the discourses used in six healthy eating texts (two state-produced and four commercial texts), how people positioned themselves in relation to these discourses, and the power relations between institutions and the U.K. public. Ten discourses including scientific, thermodynamics, natural, family/caring, emotional, medical, and moral discourses were uncovered and offered up subject positions in relation to moral citizenship and personal responsibility. Through the use of biopower, foods appeared to be categorized as "good" or "bad" foods in which bad foods were considered to be risky to health due to their nutritional composition. Most texts assumed people have the agency to follow the advice provided and failed to consider the readers' personal contexts.

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          Journal
          Qual Health Res
          Qualitative health research
          SAGE Publications
          1049-7323
          1049-7323
          Sep 2021
          : 31
          : 11
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Hertfordshire County Council, Hertford, United Kingdom.
          [2 ] Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom.
          Article
          10.1177/10497323211023436
          34166148
          db4d4cd5-21ec-44af-8246-df4dfccdee74
          History

          healthy eating,Foucauldian discourse analysis,United Kingdom,qualitative

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