177022 Can People Control Mindless Eating Over the Long term?

Monday, October 27, 2008: 1:30 PM

Brian Wansink, PhD , USDA CNPP, Alexandria, VA
Introduction: Obesity continues to increase in the US and world-wide. The USDA is interested in advancing and promoting dietary guidance for all Americans and to conduct applied research and analysis in nutrition and consumer economics.

Methods: Dr Wansink will review the strength of the evidence that suggests eating can be mindless, as well as the evidence that people can overcome or resist environmental cues and triggers

Results: There is a great deal of controversy over the translation of research findings into practice. It may be possible to work creatively with food corporations in win-win ways that promote healthy eating practices and increasing physical activity.

Discussion: Dr. Wansink will discuss the three papers presented in the forum. He will also describe ways in which the USDA might incorporate of environmental factors into policy development as well as barriers to environmental approaches to obesity prevention.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the role of environmental influences in eating behaviors and the economic view of obesity and personal responsibility 2. To identify neurophysiologic mechanisms that trigger hunger and lead to eating without awareness 3. To identify potential policy responses to controlling the obesity epidemic by reducing energy consumption.

Keywords: Obesity, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I will be the discussant of the papers presented
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.