The primary aim of the TEMPEST project was to investigate to what extent the improvement of self-regulatory competence will allow children and adolescents to deal with unhealthy temptations in their environment.
This approach places young individuals centre stage, thereby taking an alternative approach from traditional prevention programmes which are generally aimed at making unhealthy temptations in the environment less available. Such environmental interventions for regulating health behaviour at a population level (e.g., by employing financial and non-financial incentive schemes such as pricing of foods or banning products) hold great promise for a public health approach to the problem of overweight in youth, but so far they have had only modest success. The project argues that positive effects of such environmental approaches are contingent upon how young people respond to such encouragements for altering their behaviour.
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