On August 30, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) published a chapter in Food and Public Health—a book published by Oxford University Press and edited by Allison Karpyn, PhD—titled “Behavioral Design as an Emerging Theory for Dietary Behavior Change.”
The chapter, excerpted from a larger NCCOR white paper, explains how theories of behavior and design, and relevant fields of application (e.g., nutrition, physical activity) intersect to form a more comprehensive understanding of how theory and practice connect. The chapter specifically focuses on enabling the development of behavioral design applications to the built and natural environments.
Food and Public Health introduces more than 100 years of food-focused regulation, policy, and education. The book highlights the interwoven nature of the U.S. food system and its effect on traditional diets globally. It also discusses food insecurity and its influence on hunger and obesity.