Behavioural Insights and (Un)healthy Dietary Choices: A Review of Current Evidence

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Abstract

This paper reviews the current evidence about behavioural insights in the field of (un)healthy food choice that can support the development of behavioural public-policy tools. It extends previous work on behaviourally based policies in health and food choice, both academic and professional. The core of the paper is a summary of reviews of behavioural insights-based interventions and the scientific evidence regarding their efficacy in nudging people towards healthier food choices. Overall, we cover 39 systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses published between 2010 and 2017. Additionally, we outline potential drivers and theories that could help to explain the mechanisms behind these interventions. The paper concludes with a discussion of the results and suggestions for policy-makers aiming to make use of behavioural insights in health policy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Consumer Policy
Volume42
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)3-45
Number of pages43
ISSN0168-7034
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online: 14. September 2018

Keywords

  • Choice architecture
  • Food choice
  • Review
  • Behavioural policy
  • Nudge

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Behavioural Insights and (Un)healthy Dietary Choices : A Review of Current Evidence. / Bauer, Jan Michael; Reisch, Lucia A.

In: Journal of Consumer Policy, Vol. 42, No. 1, 03.2019, p. 3-45.

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