Factors Affecting Food Selection Terminology Match Up

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Are your students struggling to understand the factors that affect our food selection?

Use this bright and engaging activity to promote your students visual and kinesthetic learning. This activity helps you to familiarise students with the terminology associated with the factors that affect our food selection.

This resource provides your students with the opportunity for whole class discussion, collaboration, autonomous learning and there is an opportunity to extend students. There’s an activity and accompanying worksheet to reinforce learned material.

Use this resource to save time and ensure that your students have a comprehensive understanding of the factors that affect our food selection.

Pack includes:

  • 4 A4 Digital Posters
  • 36 Terminology Cards
  • Student Worksheet
  • Teacher Instructions and Answers


›         justifies food choices by analysing the factors that influence eating habits FT5-7

  • Stage 5 content dot point
    • Examine influences on food selection, for example:
      • physiological
      • psychological
      • social
      • economic


Outcome: P1.2 – accounts for individual and group food selection patterns in terms of physiological, psychological, social and economic factors.

Factors affecting food selection

  • physiological factors, including:
  • hunger, appetite, satiety
  • nutritional requirements, eg age, gender, size, activity levels
  • reactions to food, eg appearance, odour, taste, allergy
  • psychological factors, including:
  • values, beliefs, habits, attitudes, emotions, self-concept, experiences
  • social factors, including:
  • traditions and culture
  • lifestyle, eg employment, education, household structures, roles, geographic location, interests
  • social interaction, eg peer group, family hospitality
  • media
  • economic factors, including:
  • the marketplace (retail and purchasing practices)
  • resource availability such as food processing equipment and food preparation skills
  • occupation and finances

Contributes to:

ACARA Australian Curriculum Design & Technologies YRS 7-10

Year 7 & 8

  • Analyse how characteristics and properties of food determine preparation techniques and presentation when designing solutions for healthy eating (ACTDEK033)


Year 9 & 10

  • Investigate and make judgements on how the principles of food safety, preservation, preparation, presentation and sensory perceptions influence the creation of food solutions for healthy eating (ACTDEK045)

BSSS ACT Curriculum Food For Life A/M Classification: A

Independent Living

  • examine factors that influence food choices


  • influences on food choices including food patterns, the media, the availability and seasonality of foods and physical, social, emotional, technological, economic, religious, cultural factors.

AQA Britain GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (8585)

4.1 Aims and Learning Outcomes

  • understand the economic, environmental, ethical, and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, and diet and health choices


SACE SA Food & Hospitality Stage 1 and Stage 2

Area of Study 3: Trends in Food and Culture

  • influences on decision-making about food and hospitality
  • sociocultural influences

TASC TAS Food and Nutrition: FDN315118 Level 2

  • analyse the influences and interrelationships between factors affecting food choices of individuals and groups

Unit 3. Food Sociology

Key Knowledge and Skills

Factors impacting on Food Selection

  1. Physiological Factors- (Note: Nutritional Requirements are covered in the Nutrition and Diet Analysis Unit)

– appetite, hunger and satiety

– sensory reactions to foods

– appearance – colour, shape, turgor

– flavour

– aroma

– food sensitivities – allergies and intolerances.

  1. Psychological Influences

– values

– beliefs

– attitudes and experiences

– habits

– emotions

– self-concept.

  1. Social Influences (includes the development of the Australian diet)

– culture and tradition

– lifestyle and work pattern

– food regulation, marketing and advertising

– social and community interactions.

  1. Economic Influences

– food affordability

– food availability

– resources

– employment status and income.

Unit 4 Influences on Food Choice

Key Knowledge

  • social and cultural factors that impact on foods, including beliefs, customs, lifestyle, life span and purpose of the meal
  • impact of resources on planning, including access to ingredients, skills, equipment, time, money and transport
  • social and cultural factors that impact on foods, including beliefs, customs, lifestyle, life span and purpose of the meal
  • impact of resources on planning, including access to ingredients, skills, equipment, time, money and transport


VCE Food Studies Syllabus


  • develop awareness of a diverse range of influences on food choice

Area of Study 2

Food Choice, Health and Wellbeing

Outcome 2

  • Explain and analyse factors affecting food access and choice, analyse the influences that shape an individual’s food values, beliefs and behaviours, and apply practical skills to create a range of healthy meals for children and families.

WA SCSA ATAR Food Science & Technology YR 11 ATAR

Unit 1: Food Science

Food in Society

Food Issues

  • societal influences on food choices
  • economic influences on food choices


Unit 2: The Undercover Story

Food in Society

Food Issues

  • factors that influence food choices

WA SCSA Food Science & Technology YR 12 ATAR

Unit 3: Food Diversity and Equity

Food in Society

Food issues

  • factors that influence food consumption patterns in Australia
  • social
  • economic
  • environmental
  • ethical
  • political

4 reviews for Factors Affecting Food Selection Terminology Match Up

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    Holly Williams (Verified user)

    auNew South Wales, Australia

    Very colourful and engaging, this resource strengthened my students’ understanding of factors affecting food selection.

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    Annette Carter (Verified user)

    auQueensland, Australia

    a great discussion starter activity

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    Deb Fyfe (Verified user)


    Super useful and creative ideas for presenting and getting students to think about these concepts

    • TeacherPD Admin (store manager)

      We appreciate your feedback, Deb. We hope you and your class enjoy the Factors Affecting Food Selection Terminology Match Up! Thank you for your review and have a great day.

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    ELLIE SINGLETON (Verified user)

    auNew South Wales, Australia

    Perfect starter! My students had such amazing conversations around these!

    • TeacherPD Admin (store manager)

      We’re so pleased to hear your students got so much from our Factors Affecting Food Selection Terminology Match Up resource! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback; have a great day!

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