Key Studies 1 Health Inequalities

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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Would increasing the price of sugary soft drinks influence purchases of alcohol?

The UK Government levy on sugary drinks producers began in April 2018, potentially influencing the cost of a large range of non-alcoholic beverages. This study looked at how increasing the price of non-alcoholic drinks could influence purchases of alcoholic drinks,…