Ethics of Healthy Eating

  • Anne BarnhillEmail author
  • Nicole Civita
Living reference work entry


This chapter surveys a set of ethical issues related to healthy eating, drawing upon the work of scholars (primarily ethicists) and popular commentators. We focus on three facets of healthy eating and their associated ethical issues: (1) issues that arise when healthy eating is pursued as a public health goal by governments, the medical profession, and other powerful actors; (2) issues that arise with the marketing of “healthier” food products by the food industry, and (3) issues that arise when individuals and families adopt healthy eating as a project and goal. This chapter just introduces the rich ethical debate about food and health taking place among academics, advocates, policymakers, and the public.


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  1. 1.Research Scholar, Global Food Ethics and Policy ProgramJohns Hopkins Berman Institute of BioethicsBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead & InstructorUniversity of Colorado Boulder, Masters of the Environment ProgramBoulderUSA

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