Just Picture It! Photogenic and Healthy, Veggies Are Appetizing As Background
This is new. Apparently, children follow pictorial instructions to a tee.
Researchers at University of Minnesota conducted a short-term healthy lunch experiment at an elementary school cafeteria with some provocative results. Photographs of some particularly appealing carrots and enticingly vibrant green beans were placed in the veggie compartments of the lunch trays. The intention was to indicate where, and what, should be placed in the prescribed spots. The results were remarkable, with green beans doubling their appeal, and carrots increasing their allure from 11.6 percent to 36.8 percent.
"Placing photographs in cafeteria trays requires no special training and incurs minimal costs and labor, but was associated with an increase in vegetable consumption within the range of those found in more expensive interventions,” as published in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
The experiment being immature but still successful, was an inexpensive and quick way to test a theory that children may be susceptible to a visual health cue, even while disinterested, preoccupied, or not involved in classic training. The kids were handed "embellished" lunch trays, without being given instruction, and still performed as was encouraged by the addition of a visual request. The experiment involved placing photographs in 100 trays, which took the clinicians about 20 minutes to perform at a cost of approximately $3, and with significant results.
Here's to lunchtime entertainment, and preoccupied obedience.