In Session Four of our short Head Start course in behavioural economics we look at the important economic and social issue of obesity.
We will be adding in some student activities and suggestions for wider reading and research in the next few days.
This video looks at some of the data on obesity in the UK and other countries and also some of the underlying causes of rising levels of obesity.
In this second short video we look at some suggestions for behavioural economics that might nudge us to adopt healthier diets and lifestyles. Are behavioural nudges enough or do we need stronger "shoves" such as new taxes on high fat, high salt and sugar foods and drinks?
It might be interesting to do some background research on Mexico which is a country with one of the highest levels of obesity in the world and huge problems arising from diabetes. Here is a video looking at attempts to use behavioural nudges too improve diet and lifestyle in Mexico.
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