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

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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.
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.
LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Consumer Policy
Volume42
Issue number1
Pages3-45
Number of pages43
ISSN0168-7034
DOIs
StatePublished - 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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