We all make decisions about what to eat and feed our families. But what shapes the choices we make? A new video from the Center for Science in the Public Interest called "Anatomy of a Supermarket Purchase" highlights several strategies food companies use to influence what people buy and eat.
Drawing from advances in psychology and companies' own marketing strategies, the video shows how companies are able to influence the food choices of even the best intentioned and most disciplined people, often so subtly that we don't even realize it.
The Food Marketing Workgroup (FMW) is a network of more than 225 organizations and academic experts dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing — particularly marketing aimed at those who are most vulnerable to obesity and other nutrition-related diseases — by actively identifying, investigating, and advocating changes to marketing practices that undermine health.
The FMW fosters ideas and momentum around national, state, and local strategies. It serves as a forum for researchers and advocates to share information, support one another’s work, and identify priorities for research and action.
People go to Bed Bath & Beyond to stock a dorm room or decorate a bathroom, not to buy groceries. Yet the mega-retailer, which operates 1,500+ stores across the country, pushes candy at parents and their kids at checkout.
It's hard enough to eat well in America today without companies that aren't even in the business of selling food pushing sweets on customers. In an age of high rates of diabetes and heart disease, Bed Bath & Beyond should be offering hand sanitizer, lip balm and reusable shopping bags, not candy bars.