Socio-economic Patterning of Behaviour

Does self-control affect interventions to change alcohol, tobacco, and food consumption?

We conducted a systematic review to assess whether individual differences in self-control influence the effectiveness of interventions to change alcohol, tobacco, and food consumption. 54 studies were included in the review.

Our findings, published in Health Psychology Review, show that 22 studies (41%) did not report differences in intervention effectiveness by self-control, 18 (33%) reported interventions to be less effective in those with low self-control, and 14 (26%) reported interventions to be more effective in those with low self-control. This pattern of findings did not differ from chance. Click on the Read More button for further details on this study.

Does self-control modify the impact of interventions to change alcohol, tobacco, and food consumption? A systematic review. Stuatz K, Zupan Z, Field M. Marteau TM

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Is shopping in lower-cost supermarkets associated with less healthy purchases?

Customers of lower-cost supermarkets tend to purchase less fruit and veg and more unhealthy foods than customers of higher-cost supermarkets. However, our study suggests lower-priced supermarkets are unlikely to be disproportionately promoting unhealthy foods or stocking fewer healthier options compared…