Because of their over-concern with body shape and weight, chronic dieters may eventually damage their physical and mental health. Typical problems include hair loss, extreme hunger, depression, and food obsession in mind. For the sake of their health, they have to get rid of chronic dieting and change their restrained eating behavior.
Recent developments in society show an increase in people living and eating alone. While eating together (commensality) has many benefits, solo dining carries some stigma, and it is often perceived as negative. This project aims to enhance the solo dining experience through design.
This PhD investigates how a designer’s ability to envision alternative futures, resolve conflicts through integrative thinking, and design for behaviour change can be valuable for fostering system transitions. I investigate these capabilities by taking the transition of the food system to less consumer food waste as my application domain. The outcome of my research will be the design of innovations that accelerate this transition towards less food waste, as well as tools and/or methods to support designers in fostering transitions.