Food choice involves the processes by which people consider, select, prepare, distribute,
and consume foods and beverages. Food choice behaviors are integral to social and
economic expression of identities, preferences, and cultural meanings and ultimately
influence nutrient intake and health. Drivers of food choice include interconnected
biological, psychological, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and political
factors. Influencing food choice involves efforts to promote and facilitate the purchase,
provision, and consumption of healthier foods of individuals, families and communities
and includes emphasis on food environments.
Current Novel Research Efforts
Drivers of food choice among the poor in countries that are among those with the greatest
burden of undernutrition, primarily in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Food-choice decisions for children by mothers and alternative caregivers related to
later chronic diseases.
Influence of Children on Parent’s Food Shopping for Children’s Consumption in South
Policies and programs to improve feeding and nutrition of mothers, children, and adolescents.
Role of food environment in shaping food choice behaviors and dietary intake.