How Convenience Is Shaping Australian Diets: The Disappearing Dessert

  • Cathy Banwell
  • Dorothy Broom
  • Anna Davies
  • Jane Dixon


 Chapter 4 deals more directly with a socio-cultural trend that is repeatedly implicated in rising levels of obesity, namely the rise of convenience foods and the production and marketing of industrial foods. In it we offer as a case study, the dessert, which was a fundamental part of the family meal, and we examine the social, economic and technological changes that have contributed to its disappearance from the family menu. Now a plethora of mass produced convenience foods is available and affordable, including after-meal confections. Increasingly frequently, Baby Boomer and Gen Y Australians eat commercially produced sweet and savoury food products at home and in the form of takeaway, and at restaurants and cafés.


Australian Bureau Baby Boomer Sugar Consumption Family Meal Family Health History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Banwell
    • 1
  • Dorothy Broom
    • 1
  • Anna Davies
    • 1
  • Jane Dixon
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Epidemiology & Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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