Why do some of us become overweight? Why is it so difficult to lose weight? How can we adopt healthy attitudes towards food?
The Psychology of Dieting takes a broad and balanced view of the causes of weight gain and the challenges involved in dieting. Exploring the cognitive, emotional and social triggers which lead us to make poor decisions around food, the book considers what it means to diet well. By understanding our psychological selves, the book shows how we can change our unhealthy behaviours and potentially lose weight.
In an era of weight problems, obesity, and dangerous dieting, The Psychology of Dieting shows us that there is no such thing as a miracle diet, and that we must understand how our minds shape the food choices we make.
‘In order to lose weight successfully it is vital to understand our behaviour towards food. This book explores the psychological aspects of why we eat in the way that we do. It is ideal for anyone wishing to lose weight long term and will be useful to read before starting on any dietary plan. The content is all based on evidence and will be of particular help to healthcare professionals embarking on a career in weight management.’ – Lindsey Allan, Macmillan Oncology Dietitian, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A brief history of dieting
Chapter 2: Being overweight or obese
Chapter 3: Why do we overeat?
Chapter 4: Why are we not active enough?
Chapter 5: Dieting and its consequences
Chapter 6: Why do diets fail?
Chapter 7: Successful dieting
Chapter 8: Some strategies to change behavior
Chapter 9: Dieting well: making successful dieting happen
Chapter 10: Helping others to lose weight – for health professionals
Chapter 11: Helping others: top tips for children
Chapter 12: Concluding thoughts
About the Author
Jane Ogden is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. She has been involved in research and writing about eating behaviour and weight management for nearly 30 years and is a frequent contributor to the media for magazines, radio and TV.
About the Series
The Psychology of Everything
People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We've all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they're thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life's biggest questions.
The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.
Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.