Your grocery store is making you fat: Cornell

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New research has found that the very grocery store you visit to get nutritious food could also be making you fat. The findings come from Cornell Food and Brand Lab.


Researchers from Food and Brand Lab identified 100 changes that grocers can implement to promote healthy selections among consumers. The changes were compiled to make a Grocery Retailer Scorecard. The scorecard was tested in popular large grocery store chains.

Researchers found that not only were the scorecards reliable, but grocers could use the feedback to make changes which promote healthy eating choices.

Lead researcher Brian Wansink said that stores that promote healthy choices to shoppers will benefit. He said grocers will be able to sell more perishable food items such as produce meaning they won’t lose a profit by having to throw out fruits and vegetables.

He said the benefit for shoppers was obvious: Healthier groceries means healthier eating.


The findings will be presented at the 2015 Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference.

The scorecard was prepared as part of a program for Slim By Design. Wansink has authored a course on making changes to your living environment can help you eat better. As a behavioral sociologist, Wansink is trying to help people eat better without the pressure of strict or fad diet.


Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.