Eating healthy foods is, like, so totally cool right now. That is if you’re a teenager who wants to the rebel against the questionable practices of major food companies.
According to a study from the University of Texas, today’s youth is more likely to make smarter eating decisions – both alone and in front of their peers – if it's in protest of what they deem an untrustworthy organization.
“If the normal way of seeing healthy eating is that it is lame, then you don’t want to be the kind of person who is a healthy eater,” David Yeager, a co-author of the study, tells the Guardian. “But if we make healthy eating seem like the rebellious thing that you do, you make your own choices, you fight back against injustice, then it could be seen as high status.”
Researchers conducted the study by splitting 536 high school-aged participants into two groups. One group was provided literature on the health benefits of a well-balanced diet while the other was asked to read about food companies using deceptive labeling to target young children. The next day, students who brushed up on the latter were 11 percent more likely to skip over an unhealthy snack option.
Though the scope of the analysis is limited, we'd like to think (or hope!) that the next generation is more socially conscious and willing to stand up for what's right. And if we're all wrong to believe they actually care about the world's problems, at least they're eating healthier, right?