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La pyramide alimentaire : permanence et mutations d’un objet polymorphe controversé : Permanence et mutations d’un objet polymorphe controversé

Abstract : Used in different countries as a pedagogical tool to communicate nutritional guidelines, the 1992 version of the food pyramid has been widely criticized, both for its scientific content and its visual complexity. Yet the 1992 pyramid, which highlights the importance of bread and other grains while discouraging excessive intake of fats and sweets, continues to appear in numerous educational publications for young French readers, despite ongoing attempts to revise or replace it. The continued success of the 1992 pyramid seems related to its cognitive relevance. Unlike subsequent updated and revised pyramids, the 1992 pyramid remains close to received ideas about food, combining convenient description of foods with a normative dimension. Analysis of a French catering company’s information booklet for parents and children as well as of selected school science textbooks shows that while the 1992 food pyramid can sometimes be used to suggest the pleasures of eating or even to promote debate about food choices in today’s consumer society, this visual tool, especially within school textbooks examined, is increasingly used to express an unequivocal and prescriptive educational message.
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Susan Kovacs, Denise Orange-Ravachol. La pyramide alimentaire : permanence et mutations d’un objet polymorphe controversé : Permanence et mutations d’un objet polymorphe controversé. Questions de communication, 2015, 27, pp.129-149. ⟨10.4000/questionsdecommunication.9720⟩. ⟨halshs-01785601⟩

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