Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment

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Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment examines why self-regulation of weight is so difficult for many people. The author explains the history of bodyweight standards, details the emotional and physical consequences of being overweight, and explores the various treatment and prevention plans for obesity. In reviewing the numerous psychological theories that explain people's problems with weight, Stroebe points out that each does not take into consideration the desire for ...

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Overview

Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment examines why self-regulation of weight is so difficult for many people. The author explains the history of bodyweight standards, details the emotional and physical consequences of being overweight, and explores the various treatment and prevention plans for obesity. In reviewing the numerous psychological theories that explain people's problems with weight, Stroebe points out that each does not take into consideration the desire for palatable food. He then presents the goal conflict theory which assumes that chronic dieters who have difficulties in controlling their weight often disregard bodily cues of hunger and satiety not because they are unable to recognize them, but because they do not want to recognize them. This book gives readers a comprehensive understanding of the issues involving weight gain and dieting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433803352
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: An Introduction     3
Prevalence and Consequences of Overweight and Obesity     9
Energy Balance and the Genetics of Body Weight     35
Environmental Causes of the Increase in Overweight and Obesity     59
Determinants of Weight Regulation in Individuals With Obesity     93
Restrained Eating and the Breakdown of Self-Regulation     115
Beyond the Boundary Model: A Cognitive Process Theory of Restrained Eating     141
Treatment and Prevention of Overweight and Obesity     167
References     207
Author Index     249
Subject Index     261
About the Author     275

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