2012 Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology

CE Credit: 1

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by Division 3. Health issues such as obesity and diabetes are influenced by personal choices that take place in a powerful environmental array of influences. There is a long history in public health of structuring environmental circumstances to improve or protect health, with immunizations, auto safety requirements, and government actions such as tobacco taxes being prime examples. Rates of obesity and diabetes are stampeding throughout the world and must be addressed with courage and willingness to challenge powerful corporate forces. This talk will present a conceptual view of optimizing environmental defaults, will discuss the role of personal responsibility versus environmental change, and will cover specific promising avenues for change including actions to reduce the exposure of children to food marketing, the use of pricing strategies to improve population diet, and needed efforts to make foods less addictive. Such changes will require a strategic scientific agenda, cultivation of public support, and work with political leaders to create a courageous agenda for change.

Learning Objective 1
Describe the concept of optimal defaults in relation to diet, the roles of personal responsibility vs. environmental change and food marketing.

Learning Objective 2

Learning Objective 3

Bethany Ann Teachman, PhD; Kelly D. Brownell, PhD

Supplementary Materials

  • Bronwell and Frieden, Soda Taxes
  • Bronwell et al NEJM
  • Bronwell ppt for APA Address
  • Bronwell and Koplan
  • Bronwell and Ludwig
  • Bronwell Personal Responsibility
  • Gerharadt Addiction
  • Gearhardt Food Addiction
  • Gearhardt Neural Correlations
  • Gearhardt Scale Appetite