Chocolate, chips, and pizza: It’s just so hard to say ‘no’ | Professor Eva Kemps

For the Food Values Research Group’s August seminar, we are pleased to welcome Professor Eva Kemps:

Chocolate, chips, and pizza: It’s just so hard to say ‘no’

Dr Eva Kemps, Professor of Psychology, Flinders University

Most people know the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet, yet many find it difficult to do so. One major contributing factor is an abundance of foods high in fat, salt and/or sugar in the environment. This poses a conflict between eating healthily and indulging in unhealthy temptations. An imbalance in favour of the latter can lead to poor eating habits as well as overeating, thereby contributing to rising obesity rates. Contrary to popular belief, resisting appetising food is not simply a matter of will-power. There are subtle yet powerful psychological influences that can affect what people eat and how much they eat. This seminar will explain how and why people can easily fall prey to these influences. It will also look at some recent strategies developed in our lab in an endeavour to counter these influences to help curb unwanted (over)eating of unhealthy food.

Heart shape made of junk foodDr Eva Kemps is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. Her research focuses on the cognitive psychology of eating behaviour.

When: Wednesday 1st of August, 12-1 PM

Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide (click here for campus map)


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