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Do attempts to improve diet for everyone work? Professor Martin White assesses the impact of interventions such as labels on food packages and calorie counts for restaurant foods, to see if they really help people change their behaviour.
A population intervention is a change that affects everyone, irrespective of their baseline risk for the condition of interest. Drawing on examples from interventions to change diet and obesity, Professor White describes how population interventions aiming to change behaviour differ from interventions targeted at high risk individuals, explores the importance of individual agency, and discusses their fairness and equitability.
Professor Martin White is Director of Research at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research in the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, where he leads a programme of research on food systems and public health.
This talk was given as part of the the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium: Behaviour change to improve health for all
This symposium was co-hosted by the US National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
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