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The Psychology of Eating


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List of Figures viii Foreword ? Janet Polivy x Acknowledgments xiii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 The Aim of This Book 1 The Focus of This Book 2 The Structure of This Book 2 Further Reading 5 Chapter 2 Healthy Eating 8 What Is Healthy Eating? 8 The Role of Diet in Contributing to Illness 11 The Role of Diet in Treating Illness 16 Who Has a Healthy Diet? 20 The Impact of Health Concerns 27 A Note on Measuring Food Intake 28 Conclusion 30 Chapter 3 Food Choice 31 Developmental Models of Food Choice 32 Cognitive Models of Food Choice 43 Psychophysiological Models of Food Choice 49 Conclusion 61 Chapter 4 The Meaning of Food 63 Food Classification Systems 64 Food as a Statement of the Self 66 Food as Social Interaction 72 Food as Cultural Identity 74 Measuring Beliefs About the Meaning of Food 80 Conclusion 80 Chapter 5 The Meaning of Size 82 Media Representations 82 The Meaning of Sex 87 The Meaning of Size 88 Conclusion 96 Chapter 6 Body Dissatisfaction 97 What Is Body Dissatisfaction? 97 Who Is Dissatisfied With Their Body? 100 Causes of Body Dissatisfaction 105 Consequences of Body Dissatisfaction 112 Conclusion 115 Chapter 7 Dieting 116 Putting Dieting in Context 116 The Dieting Industry 121 What Is Dieting? 127 Dieting and Overeating 130 The Consequences of Dieting 138 Problems With Restraint Theory 142 Conclusion 146 Chapter 8 Obesity 148 What Is Obesity? 148 How Common Is Obesity? 151 What Are the Consequences of Obesity? 152 What Are the Causes of Obesity? 157 Physiological Theories 157 The Obesogenic Environment 163 Problems With Obesity Research 177 Conclusion 179 Chapter 9 Obesity Treatment 180 Doctors' Beliefs About Obesity 180 Dietary Interventions 182 Should Obesity Be Treated at All? 187 The Treatment Alternatives 190 The Success Stories 201 Preventing Obesity 206 Conclusion 209 Chapter 10 Eating Disorders 211 Anorexia Nervosa 211 What Are the Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa? 220 Bulimia Nervosa 225 What Are the Consequences of Bulimia Nervosa? 230 Causes of Eating Disorders 233 Conclusion 252 Chapter 11 Treating Eating Disorders 254 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 255 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 259 Family Therapy 264 Inpatient Treatment 267 An Integrated Approach to Treatment 273 Chapter 12 An Integrated Model of Diet 276 A Summary of the Literature on Diet 276 Common Themes Across the Literature on Eating Behavior 279 An Integrated Model of Diet 285 Conclusion 286 References 288 Author Index 351 Subject Index 365

About the Author

Jane Ogden is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. She has published over 100 articles and several books, including Health Psychology: A Textbook and Fat Chance: The Myth of Dieting Explained. Her current research interests include the control of eating behavior, the medical and surgical management of obesity, aspects of women's health, and the role of language in the doctor?patient relationship.


"A highly respected scholar, Ogden (health psychology, Univ. of Surrey, UK) has done a masterful job of updating the book and, more important, integrating the interdisciplinary research findings into a broad-based framework. Accordingly, this is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject currently available...Ogden's writing style is engaging, and her model of diet creative and useful. Including 62 pages of scholarly references, this comprehensive volume offers a feast of information. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 May 2011) "Overall this book provides an interesting insight into the psychology of eating and should be a useful resource for those who work in the field of nutrition and dietetics, particularly those who work in weight loss, obesity treatment or the treatment of eating disorders. It should also be a useful read for anyone who wants to understand more about why we eat what we eat, and why many have eating habits/behaviours that may not always be good for their health." ( Nutrition Bulletin, June 2010)

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