Grocery Cart Study Doubled Fruits and Vegetables

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    Aug 17, 2010 8:24 PM GMT

    This was an interesting study of social psychology. It's a simple solution for a complex problem as obesity results in skyrocketing costs. I don't have too many other details. But what the university researchers found is that when they placed a line in the shopping cart with duct tape and a sign that says put your vegetables and fruits here, the sales for fresh produce doubled without increasing the total bill.

    Instead of having mandatory universal health care insurance to cover diseases that are preventable in a Constitutionally arguable move, perhaps we should just have another national program. We can use part of the federal stimulus package money to line and sign these grocery carts.

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    Aug 17, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Nobody else thought this was interesting?
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    Aug 17, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    I thought it was interesting but the concept of keeping a food diary is the same, and done by many people trying to lose weight.

    The political stuff is probably what put people off. Even eating fruits and vegetables people fall ill, and this kind of simplistic "solution" ranks up there with the owner of Whole Foods saying that we don't need healthcare, we need people to shop at his overpriced stores.

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    Aug 17, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    gregography saidI thought it was interesting but the concept of keeping a food diary is the same, and done by many people trying to lose weight.
    The political stuff is probably what put people off. Even eating fruits and vegetables people fall ill, and this kind of simplistic "solution" ranks up there with the owner of Whole Foods saying that we don't need healthcare, we need people to shop at his overpriced stores.

    No. This is better than the food diary. People like being told what to do. This sign and a line clearly sets a boundary that people would be compelled to follow. Yes, we can argue about the merits of fresh food from grocery stores, but still. It would embarrass people into buying some real fresh produce rather than buying the "healthy" refrigerated foods and spending more on them.
    What politics? This study was done by a university. Yes, people who eat healthy fall sick, but the OP was talking about obesity and related diseases. Also, the video said the total of a purchase was not increased.
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    Aug 17, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    commoncoll said
    gregography saidI thought it was interesting but the concept of keeping a food diary is the same, and done by many people trying to lose weight.
    The political stuff is probably what put people off. Even eating fruits and vegetables people fall ill, and this kind of simplistic "solution" ranks up there with the owner of Whole Foods saying that we don't need healthcare, we need people to shop at his overpriced stores.

    No. This is better than the food diary. People like being told what to do. This sign and a line clearly sets a boundary that people would be compelled to follow. Yes, we can argue about the merits of fresh food from grocery stores, but still. It would embarrass people into buying some real fresh produce rather than buying the "healthy" refrigerated foods and spending more on them.
    What politics? This study was done by a university. Yes, people who eat healthy fall sick, but the OP was talking about obesity and related diseases. Also, the video said the total of a purchase was not increased.


    The politics: "Instead of having mandatory universal health care insurance to cover diseases that are preventable in a Constitutionally arguable move"



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    Aug 17, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    gregography said
    The politics: "Instead of having mandatory universal health care insurance to cover diseases that are preventable in a Constitutionally arguable move"

    Oh. I thought you meant the study itself was politicised. Sorry.
    The OP is in the health care field. Of course doesn't want anybody lessening his pay like they're fixing to do.
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    Aug 17, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    I was brought up on fruits and veggies so I love them. But the effect on health maybe a lot smaller than most people realize:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406162941.htm

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11412050

    The optimist will say, it's a slightly full glass. I agree, but it still doesn't mean that you can eliminate health insurance, which is one of the major reasons why ERs are so busy and why there's no preventative care.