Report of an EU-US symposium on understanding nutrition-related consumer behavior: strategies to promote a lifetime of healthy food choices

J Nutr Educ Behav. Sep-Oct 2014;46(5):445-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.05.002. Epub 2014 Jun 25.


This report summarizes an EU-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research symposium on healthy food choices and nutrition-related purchasing behaviors. This meeting was unique in its transdisciplinary approach to obesity and in bringing together scientists from academia, government, and industry. Discussion relevant to funders and researchers centered on (1) increased use of public-private partnerships, (2) the complexity of food behaviors and obesity risk and multilevel aspects that must be considered, and (3) the importance of transatlantic cooperation and collaboration that could accelerate advances in this field. A call to action stressed these points along with a commitment to enhanced communication strategies.

Keywords: Obesity; eating practices; food behavior; purchasing behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior*
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • European Union
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • United States