Human eating has a biological purpose, and yet it cannot be understood purely in terms of biological need. This work brings together the best current thinking on human eating from diverse fields of psychology, covering physical and cultural factors influencing food choice, effects of infancy and childhood experiences on adult eating behavior, psychological effects of various foods, and the development, effects and treatment of eating disorders. Discusses theoretical models of the psychophysiology of human eating behavior, the effects of aging and cognitive changes on food choice, and changes in behavior due to consumption of alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Features thoughtful consideration of the biological, psychological and social aspects of eating disorders, obesity and undernutrition.
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DETERMINANTS OF EATING.
Factors Affecting Food Preferences and Choice (R. Shepherd).
Sensory Assessment of Foods and the Role of Sensory Attributes in Determining Food Choice (R. Shepherd & C. Farleigh).
The Role of Variety in Eating and Body Weight Regulation (B. Rolls & M. Hetherington).
Neurochemical Factors Involved in Normal and Abnormal Eating in Humans (J. Blundell, et al.).
CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON FOOD SELECTION.
Biocultural Evolution of Cuisine: The Hopi Indian Blue Corn Tradition (S. Katz).
The Role of the Mass Media in Influencing Eating. (H. Schutz & K. Diaz-Knauf).
DEVELOPMENT OF EATING BEHAVIOR.
Feeding Experiences in Early Infancy (P. Wright).
Developmental Aspects of Eating (L. Birch).
The Role of Learning in the Acquisition of Food Preferences by Humans (P. Rozin).
POST-INGESTIONAL EFFECTS OF EATING.
Sugar and Hyperactivity: Another Look (B. Spring & B. Alexander).
Cognitive Effects of Various Food Constituents (H. Lieberman).
EATING AND HEALTH.
The Psychopathology of Eating Disorders (G. Szmukler).
Psychological Aspects of Obesity and Its Treatment (S. Gilbert).
The Effects of Undernutrition on Mental Development (S. Grantham-McGregor).
Implications of Eating Research for Disease Prevention (D. Booth).