Increasing children’s appetite for healthy foods

Remco Havermans

presentation by Remco Havermans, Maastricht University, at Online Healthy Nutrition Conference (25 November 2020, 14:30 – 18:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend

Why do children eat what they eat? Very simply, children choose to eat what they like and refuse foods they do not like. In other words, food liking is one of the most important drivers for children’s food choice and intake. The foods that children like are foods they are familiar with. Foods are accepted when they look, feel, smell, and taste familiar. Increasing the acceptance of certain foods then simply requires repeated exposure to that food. Importantly, this exposure includes tasting.

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The product, the consumer, and the behavioural scientist – Presented by Remco Havermans, Maastricht University

Remco Havermans

The product, the consumer, and the behavioural scientist – Presented by Remco Havermans, Maastricht University, at the Healthy Nutrition Conference, 27 June 2018, Brightlands Campus, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Eating good food is important in maintaining good health. It is a simple behavioural rule that, however, few people seem to adhere to. Many people regularly enjoy eating junk food. Junk food is energy dense but notably low in nutritional value and hence relatively unhealthy. The appeal of junk foods is nonetheless enormous. The consumer in general tends to prefer junk food over healthy nutrition. Why is that? Clearly, food likes and dislikes are acquired through direct and indirect learning processes and dictate consumer preferences. Steering the consumer away from junk food and towards healthier alternatives requires knowledge of these processes. It requires knowledge of why the consumer consumes what s/he consumes. That knowledge is the domain of the psychologist, a behavioural scientist. In short, effectively promoting the consumption of healthy food products stands to benefit immensely from behavioural science. Continue reading “The product, the consumer, and the behavioural scientist – Presented by Remco Havermans, Maastricht University”