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Environmental Factors that Unknowingly Increase a Consumer's Food Intake and Consumption Volume

Annual Review of Nutrition, Vol. 24, pp. 455-479, 2004

25 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2004  

Brian Wansink

Cornell University

Abstract

Package size, plate shape, lighting, socializing, and variety are only a few of the environmental factors that can influence the consumption volume of food far more than most people realize. Although such environmental factors appear unrelated, they generally influence consumption volume by inhibiting consumption monitoring and by suggesting alternative consumption norms. For researchers, this review shows that redirecting our focus to the "whys" or the psychological mechanisms behind consumption will raise the profile and impact of our research. For health professionals, this review underscores how small structural changes in one's immediate environments can reduce one's unknowing over-consumption of food.

Keywords: Consumption Volume, Energy Intake, Energy, Obesity, Food Intake

JEL Classification: A1, D1, M3, M5, Q1

Suggested Citation

Wansink, Brian, Environmental Factors that Unknowingly Increase a Consumer's Food Intake and Consumption Volume. Annual Review of Nutrition, Vol. 24, pp. 455-479, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=518902

Brian Wansink (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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