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Fat studies is challenging the way that fat human bodies are portrayed and treated. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is fat studies?

What is it like to be a fat person in a fat-shaming world? What are the political and ideological underpinnings of the 'obesity crisis'? Fat studies is an emerging academic field that asks such questions.
Swap the bacon for something a little healthier. Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

If you love me, don’t feed me bacon

It is easy to fall into the trap of giving people you love lots of ultra-processed, high kilojoule, nutrient-poor foods because they like them. But immediate pleasure comes at a cost.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products. Cookie image via www.shutterstock.com

How companies learn what children secretly want

When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
We’re used to abundance, but Brexit makes it all seem more fragile. Eric/Flickr

How Brexit threatens Britain’s food security

We only have enough food stocks to last 3-5 days, and Brexit has suddenly made things seem worryingly fragile.

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