Why do we eat what we eat?

The Botanist 14-16 Temple Street Birmingham B2 5BG
Thursday 8 November 2018 (18:00-20:00)

For more information on this event please contact Dr Helen Ruddock

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Why do we eat what we eat? Given the effect that diet has on our health, this is an important question to answer.

Our food choices are complex and involve an interplay of biological, social, and psychological factors. For example, when we go out for dinner with friends, our food choices are likely to very different to those when eating alone at home. Psychologically, there may be certain food that we feel powerless to resist (even when we’re really full). But why is this?

At this event, researchers from the Eating Behaviour Research Group including Dr Helen Ruddock, Professor Suzanne Higgs and Dr Maartje Spetter will explore how psychological processes influence what, and how much, we eat. Through a series of short expert talks and practical demonstrations, this event will focus on the ways in which our eating behaviour is influenced by various psychological processes. There will also be a discussion around the extent to which overeating may be caused by an ‘addiction’ to certain foods.

Come along and gain a greater understanding of the psychological factors that influence our eating behaviour.

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This event is part of the Festival of Social Science which runs from 3-10 November 2018. See what other events are taking place in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 

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