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  • How has fast food fuelled a fat boom Down Under?
  • How has fast food fuelled a fat boom Down Under?
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What’s making Australia fat?

Australia is the home of the tanned, the active and the healthy. But is this stereotype true? Unsurprisingly, no. With long working hours and a steadfast commitment to a busy social life, Aussies are packing on the pounds. In the second of a two-part series, we look at what’s making Australia fat.

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Australia is the home of the tanned, the active and the healthy. But is this picture-postcard stereotype really true? Are all Aussies really all as healthy as ‘Home and Away’ would have us believe? Unsurprisingly, no. People have strayed from the image of surf gods and goddesses and into the dangerously calorific territory that processed snacks and American fast food exports bring.

Coupled with long working hours and a steadfast commitment to a busy social life, Aussies are packing on the pounds. But their obsession with food, and the cultural capital it represents, is leading some back towards fresh ...

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