Nutrition Psychology: Improving Dietary Adherence presents prominent psychological theories that are known to drive human eating behavior, 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'.
- 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 V 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
Melinda Blackman, PhD-Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, California
Dr. Melinda Blackman is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Blackman received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Blackman teaches and conducts research at the University on eating and exercise behavior. She is also the author of Mind Your Diet: The Psychology Behind Sticking to Any Diet (2008).
Colleen Kvaska, MA, RD, CDE-Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health Science & Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, California
Colleen Kvaska is an adjunct faculty member in the Foods and Nutrition, Kinesiology and Health Sciences Departments at California State University, Fullerton. She received her B.S. in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and her M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Kvaska is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator and currently serves as a Clinical Dietician for the Beach Cities Health District in Redondo Beach, CA.