Nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes may reduce our calorie intake, according to new Cochrane Review evidence

New evidence published in the Cochrane Library shows that adding calorie labels to menus and next to food in restaurants, coffee shops and cafeterias, could reduce the calories that people consume, although the quality of evidence is low.

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Professor Susan Jebb and Professor Theresa Marteau discuss the findings of this Cochrane Review in The Conversation.

2018 Annual Lecture: Changing Behaviour to Improve Health: from Research to Policy

Join us for our Annual Lecture on Thursday 17th May

This will be held at 6pm at the Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge. A drinks reception will follow.

The Annual Lecture will be given this year by the BHRU director, Professor Theresa Marteau, who will reflect on the work of the BHRU in its role as the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health over the last seven years.

The lecture will discuss examples of interventions in physical micro-environments (also known as nudging), such as reducing portion and wine glass size to reduce the consumption of food and alcohol. It will also address public acceptability of these interventions, key to their implementation by policy-makers.

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How are low/er strength wine and beer products marketed online?

Our study compared the main marketing messages conveyed by retailers and producers for low/er and regular strength wine and beer products in the UK.

We found that compared with regular strength wines and beers, low/er strength products were more often marketed in association with occasions deemed to be suitable for their consumption including lunchtimes, outdoor events/barbeques, or on sports and fitness occasions.

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Does placing unhealthy snacks further away reduce the likelihood of consumption?

In two studies, we found that people are less likely to take chocolates when they are placed an extra 50cm away. This effect seemed to work similarly regardless of a person’s current level of self-control.

This shows that placing unhealthy food further away may be a simple but effective way to reduce the likelihood of consuming these snacks.

Effect of snack-food proximity on intake in general population samples with higher and lower cognitive resource. Hunter, Hollands, Couturier, Marteau, 2018.

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