So why is it so difficult to make healthy choices?
"Because of this bias, simply giving people information — such as how many calories are in their latte or hamburger — doesn't typically change their behavior, " Laibson said. This helps explain why efforts to post calorie information in restaurants and fast food chains do notusually change how many calories people consume, studies show.
"But there may be ways to help people follow through with their good intentions," Laibson said.
In recent studies, Laibson and colleagues have found that "simple things like asking people to write down a plan for when they will do something can improve their adherence to healthy behaviors."
Thank you in advance for your time.