Frontiers in Nutritional Science Series 3

The Psychology of Food Choice

Edited by R. Shepherd and M. Raats
April 2010
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  • Published
    6th April 2010
  • ISBN 9781845937232
  • Language English
  • Pages 384 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

One of the central problems in nutrition is the difficulty of getting people to change their dietary behaviors so as to bring about an improvement in health. What is required is a clearer understanding of the motivations of consumers, barriers to changing diets and how we might have an impact upon dietary behavior.

This book brings together insights from a number of sub-disciplines within psychology and related disciplines, in terms of what they can tell us about the influence on human food choice. It is organized into five main sections which cover: models of food choice, biological and learning influences on food choice, societal influences, food choice across the lifespan, and changing dietary behavior. The contributors are all international leaders in their respective fields and together give an overview of the current understanding of consumer food choice. This book will be of significant interest to those researching nutrion, dietetics and psychology.

Part 1: Models of food choice
•A Conceptual Model of the Food Choice Process over the Life Course•The Integration of Biological, Social, Cultural, and Psychological Influences on Food Choice•Social Psychological Models of Food Choice

Part 2: Biological and learning influences on food choice
•Biological Influences on Energy Intake
•Food Neophobia in Humans
•The Role of Learning in Development of Food Preference
•Mood, emotions and food choice
•Food Cravings and Addictions

Part 3: Societal influences on food choice
•Marketing Parameters and their Influence on Consumer Food Choice
•The Role of Context in Food Choice, Food Acceptance and Food Consumption•The Impact of the Media on Food Choice
•The Impact of Advertising on Food Choice: the Social Context of Advertising

Part 4: Food choices across the lifespan
•Adolescents, Food Choice and Vegetarianism•Intra-family Influences on Food Choice at Mid-life•Food Choices in Later Life

Part 5: Changing dietary behaviour
•The Impact of Optimistic Bias on Dietary Behaviour•Implementation Intentions: Strategic Automatisation of Food Choice•The Use of the Stages of Change Model with Dietary Behaviours
•What is a Healthy Diet Community?
•Eating Behaviour in Obesity

R. Shepherd

R. Shepherd

M. Raats

M. Raats