A qualitative analysis of sugary drink consumers’ perceptions of using smaller compared with larger bottles when given a fixed amount of cola

Sub-dividing a fixed amount of a sugar-sweetened beverage into smaller vs. larger bottles could help curb their consumption but, so far, no studies have tested this possibility. To explore the possible effects of small bottles, we conducted a qualitative study, published in the journal Appetite.

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The TIPPME intervention typology for changing environments to change behaviour

In a new paper, published in Nature Human Behaviour, we introduce a new framework we have developed: the Typology of Interventions in Proximal Physical Micro-Environments (TIPPME). This provides a way to classify and describe an important class of interventions to change selection, purchase and consumption of food, alcohol and tobacco.

Protocol published for testing size, availability and labelling interventions in workplace cafeterias

Protocol published for testing size, availability and labelling interventions in workplace cafeterias

Reducing excessive consumption of food and soft drinks is core to tackling the high rates of overweight and obesity in the UK and elsewhere. It is estimated that about one third of our daily energy intake is consumed while at work, with most of the food consumed not brought from home. There is currently limited evidence of the impact of interventions within workplaces to improve employees’ diets, with most interventions to date based on informing and educating workers about their diets, commonly regarded as insufficient to tackle obesity.

Cambridge@Hay: Professor Theresa Marteau on why risk information doesn’t change unhealthy behaviour

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New audiences learned about the links between behaviour and health – and how our non-conscious choices can be deadly – at this year’s Hay Festival with Professor Theresa Marteau, Director at the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

Professor Marteau made four appearances in 26 hours including a sold-out talk for 2000 people chaired by Hugh Muir at the Guardian, and an ad-hoc “All Star Variety Show” with, amongst others, Simon Schama, an alumus of Christ’s College where Professor Marteau is a Fellow.