Cruising the aisles of your local grocery store it will soon become apparent that all the fatty, salty and sugary foods are sold in some pretty packages. Colorful designs on junk food like chips and fast food sandwiches may be so alluring that it leads us to make unhealthy choices when looking for our next snack. At least this is what leading neuroscientist, Wolfram Shultz, asserts.
The Telegraph reports about Shultz’s studies that suggest colorful packaging on junk food tends to grab our attention and lead to dangerous overeating. Shultz believes that if unhealthy calorie rich foods were required to be sold in plain packaging that it would be a step in the right direction toward lowering obesity rates.
Through his studies, Shultz says that colorful packaging on unhealthy foods triggered a dopamine effect on individuals, offering their brain a kind of reward causing them to consume more. Shultz explains, “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories. Colourful wrapping of high energy foods of course makes you buy more of that stuff and once you have it in your fridge, it’s in front of you every time you open the fridge and ultimately you’re going to eat it and eat too much.”
What do you think of the current research that suggest colorful junk food packaging is partially to blame for obesity and overeating?
Do you think requiring junk food to change its packaging design to be more plain would change the way we purchase and consume foods?
Bright colors attract the eye so it makes sense. New package requirements may help the situation subliminally.
Honestly, I'm a sucker for packaging! If it looks crazy interesting I'll consider buying it, but for me it needs to be made out of vegetarian ingredients; that's my ultimate choice decider.
Yes. People are attracted to colorful things. Color makes you happy, cheers you up. If the packages were off white, cream colored or natural earth tones, I believe people would not be as tempted or gravitated to grab them while shopping
It would also be less appealing if their was no food dye added to the snacks as well. People eat with their eyes and lots love the vibrant fake colors.
I do believe packaging may play a small role in obesity, especially those marketing toward children. However good healthy eating habits are taught as well as food preferences.
Maybe for others or/and children but the wow factor for me isn't the wrapper but the food itself. Say McDonald's changed their biscuit n gravy box to be something spectacular and eye catching I'm still going to hardees because I like the taste of their bisquits n gravy.