Lecture 15 - Economics, Nutrition and Health: Subsidies, Food Deserts and More

author: Kelly D. Brownell, Department of Psychology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Sept. 27, 2010,   recorded: October 2008,   views: 4745
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Professor Brownell discusses how economic factors are a profound driver of food choices in both the U.S. and internationally. He reviews the history of food subsidies and how they have made the U.S. an agricultural force but simultaneously changed the current food environment and diet. Furthermore, Professor Brownell explores how economic incentives to purchase highly processed packaged, calorie dense, nutrient poor foods are increasing while incentives to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables are decreasing; and how this imbalance drives overconsumption globally. Professor Brownell also reviews how neighborhood factors and poverty affect access to foods and diet, the global food crisis, and discusses potential interventions to address how economics influence poor diet today.

Reading assignment:

Brownell, Kelly D. and Katherine B. Horgen. Food Fight, chapter 9 (pp. 199-239)

Darmon, Nicole and Adam Drewnowski. "Does Social Class Predict Diet Quality?" American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87 (2008), pp. 1107-1117

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