Linking Health and Environmental Outcomes to Dietary Behaviors in the United States

Start Date: 
Oct 1, 2015
End Date: 
Aug 31, 2017
Dec 31, 2018
Dec 31, 2020

Project Objectives & Activities:  
This project seeks to understand how individual dietary choices contribute to health and environmental outcomes, and how such choices can be modified by policy.  This will be done through developing a new approach that uses data from a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States.

There are five main aims for this pilot project, which build on each other sequentially:

1. To develop a methodology that links diet, health, and environmental data at the level of the individual;

2. To describe how greenhouse gas emissions of diets are related to socio-economic characteristics and behavioral patterns of U.S. individuals;

3. To test the hypothesis that healthful diets, as selected, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions;

4. To simulate the effects of a policy change, such as new dietary guidance, on dietary behaviors, health and environmental outcomes; and

5. To foster subsequent research on diet, health, and the environment through dissemination of our work.

Tulane University
Wellcome Trust
dietary choice
environmental outcomes