The need for public policies to promote healthier food consumption: A comment on Wansink and Chandon (2014)

Christina A. Roberto, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Jennifer O. Fisher

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Abstract

Current approaches to addressing obesity have fallen short. This is largely due to the many environmental forces that undermine people's self-regulatory capacity to be personally responsible for their food choices. Novel insights from the social sciences are needed to inform voluntary, health-promoting actions by companies, institutions, and citizens as well as the design of public health policies. Voluntary interventions that rely on nudges should complement traditional public health strategies such as taxation and restriction of child-targeted marketing in schools. In this commentary, we discuss four food policy issues that would benefit from consumer psychology research: (a) the restriction of food marketing to children, (b) provision of nutrition information through food labels, (c) improving school food environments, and (d) placing limits on portion sizes. Identifying effective solutions for obesity will require approaches that integrate psychological, public health, and legal perspectives and methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-445
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consumer Psychology
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Food policy
  • Nudge
  • Obesity
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Marketing

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