Podcast Episode 002: Mindless Eating: Willpower vs Environment – Interview with Brian Wansink

Apr 3, 2015

Today’s topic is Mindless Eating: Willpower vs Environment.


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What fun meeting Brian in person at the American Association of Diabetes Educators conference in Indianapolis in 2012

Today my guest is Brian Wansink, PhD and author of Slim by Design and Mindless Eating and Director of the Cornell University Food & Brand Lab.

Did you know we make over 200 food decisions every day? We are ALL mindless eaters. Maybe you’re familiar with Dr. Wansink’s food lab experiments like the endless soup bowl, or the movie theater popcorn, or the many other fun research studies he’s done to examine why and how we all make food decisions.
Willpower doesn’t work! It’s easier to change your environment than to change your mind!


On this episode we discuss:

  1. The way our homes, schools, restaurants, workplaces, and grocery stores are set up predictably lead us to pick up cookies rather than apples. But just as they’ve evolved to make us overeat, we can easily redesign them to make us slim.
  2. To slim down via willpower is hard. Slim by Design is easy! Use the resources available and make this a movement!
  3. For every place we purchase or prepare food – homes and schools, restaurants and grocery stores – there are slim by design solutions.

  1. Here are the resources we discussed on today’s show:
  2. Smarterlunchrooms.org
  3. SlimByDesignRegistry.org


  1. Rebecca @BeTrulyNourished on April 7, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Love this & Dr Wansink’s work! Can’t wait to hear the interview

  2. Neva Cochran on April 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Great interview with Brian! I love his studies. I used so many of them in my work with Woman’s World Magazine. They were perfect for that!

  3. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious on April 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I love Dr. Wansink’s work! So fabulous you were able to interview him for your podcast!

  4. […] than education. If you want a quick and entertaining overview of his work in this area, I suggest this episode of the Bite podcast (it’s about 20 minutes […]

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