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Nutrition Psychology: Improving Dietary Adherence

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Melinda Blackman & Colleen Kyaska

Nutrition Psychology: Improving Dietary Adherence presents prominent psychological theories that are known to drive human eating behaviour, and reveal how these models can be transformed into proactive strategies for adhering to healthy dietary regimens.

The number of diet books in the trade market continues to rise daily, but what is interesting to note is obesity and the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes continues to rise as well. From this evidence, we can deduce that these dietary approaches are not fully effective. One could say that there is a missing link between eating a healthy prescribed diet and maintaining that final goal. The missing link, which has been overlooked until now, is managing one’s compliance to their diet or health plan. This text will provide students with the psychological tools regarding how to maintain the intended dietary plan. Understanding the extent to which the brain, the situation/environment and biology play in our adherence to a healthy dietary regimen, long-term success adhering to a dietary regimen can be achieved.

This text brings a cross-disciplinary perspective/solution for adhering to a healthy dietary program, valuable to a variety of healthcare students and practitioners. The text incorporates both a theoretical and applied approach. Case study examples further illustrate the correct application of psychological methods. These examples will help develop the student or practitioner's own self-diagnosing skills of appropriate eating strategies as well as understanding others'.

Learning Objectives

Become familiar with four general factors/perspectives that are known to drive human behavior.

Develop an expertise in identifying when one (and which one) of these factors is responsible for one's non-compliance to a diet/nutrition plan.

Gain actual practice in applying the appropriate psychological strategy to increase health plan adherence.

Increase knowledge of research on the best practices in diet adherence.

Increase understanding of the complexity of eating behavior/adherence and the need for forethought.

Integration of theory, research and practice/application, with regard to health plan adherence.

Decision-making and problem-solving skills in making a diagnosis and understanding which adherence strategy should be implemented.

Table of Contents:

  Chapter  1  The Discipline of Psychology and Nutrition Adherence: A Logical Partnership
Section  I  The Behavioral Perspective
  Chapter  2  Basic Forms of Learning from Our Environment
Section  II  The Cognitive Perspective
  Chapter  3  Theories of Behavioral Change
  Chapter  4  Attitudes and Eating Patterns
  Chapter  5  Perception, Visualization and Eating Patterns
  Chapter  6  Self-Perception and Eating Patterns
  Chapter  7  Emotion Perception and Eating Patterns
Section  III  The Evolutionary Perspective
  Chapter  8  Evolutionary Instincts and Eating Patterns
Section  IV  The Psychodynamic Perspective
  Chapter  9  The Psychoanalytic Approach and Eating Behavior
Section  IV  The Cross-Cultural Perspective
  Chapter  10  Cross-Cultural Differences and Eating Behavior
Section  VI  The Biological Perspective
  Chapter  11  Biology and Eating Behavior
  Chapter  12  Sleep, Water Intake and Eating Behavior

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