'Health halo' effect: how healthy foods can make us fatter


The labelling of some foods as low-fat may be encouraging us to eat more and so contributing to the continuing rise in obesity according to Pierre Chandon, a Professor of Marketing at Harvard Business School.

His research suggests we eat more if we believe foods are good for us in what he describes as a "health halo" effect.

The final episode of The Men Who Made Us Fat is broadcast on BBC Two at 21:00 BST on Thursday 28 June. Catch up on all three episodes online via iPlayer (UK only) at the above link.

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