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Overview

* How can we understand food choice?
* What factors influence dietary change and weight control?
* How does stress influence eating?
* In what ways are foods used to present ourselves to others?

Food is central to the lives of all, and has for centuries been celebrated in art, poetry and song. More recently, media interest has focused public attention on the food we eat, and its influence on physical health and mental well-being. However, it is only in the past couple of decades that social scientists and social psychologists in particular have paid significant attention to the important topic of food. The Social Psychology of Food reviews this research from the perspective of social psychology.

Key issues are addressed such as the role of various factors in food choice, the process of dietary change, the role of food in weight control and disorders of eating, stress and eating, food and self-presentation. Social psychological concepts are used as ways of explaining and understanding each of these domains of food research. The selective and in-depth coverage of the book is designed to demonstrate what social psychology has contibuted to the field, and to provide an essential text for students and researchers in psychology and trainee professionals in health.

Mark Conner is Reader in Applied Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds. He previously held posts at the University of Brimingham and University of Sheffield. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and jointly edited two books. His research interests include the relationship between attitudes and health behaviours and the social psychology of food choice.

Christopher J. Armitage is Lecturer in Social and Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He previously held posts at the University of Manchester and University of Essex. He has published a number of articles and book chapters. His research interests include the relationship between attitudes and health behaviour.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335207541
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Series: Applying Social Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Conner is Reader in Applied Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds. He previously held posts at the University of Brimingham and University of Sheffield. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters and jointly edited two books. His research interests include the relationship between attitudes and health behaviours and the social psychology of food choice.

Christopher J. Armitage is Lecturer in Social and Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He previously held posts at the University of Manchester and University of Essex. He has published a number of articles and book chapters. His research interests include the relationship between attitudes and health behaviour.
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Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Food choice 12
3 Dietary change 43
4 Weight control and disorders of eating 74
5 Stress and eating 98
6 Food and social influence 114
7 Conclusions 133
Glossary 145
References 150
Index 173
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