Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Poor Choices Make Us Fat

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Poor Choices Make Us Fat

Article excerpt

PEOPLE overeat. And people don't always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?

Impact of the food environment

Many health experts point the finger at the food industry for creating an "obesogenic" food environment. The argument, in essence, is that the current food environment makes it almost impossible for most people to make reasonable choices about their food intake.

Larger portions, for instance, encourage us to consume more calories.

So, if the food environment is the problem, then modifications to that environment should help people make better, healthier food decisions.

While menu labelling sounds like a good idea, unfortunately, it doesn't work. It doesn't appear to have any consistent effect on people's food choices or food intake.

Self-control

Self-control can be thought of as one's willpower - and some people might just be better at resisting temptations than others. …

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