In an era of overweight and obesity, for some people dieting can be a matter of health, life and death. For others, wracked by body dissatisfaction, dieting can also be dangerous.
But in The Psychology of Dieting, health psychologist Jane Ogden offers a clear-sighted overview of why some of us become overweight, and why losing weight is so difficult. Exploring the cognitive, emotional and social triggers which lead us to make poor decisions around food, it takes a broad and balanced view of both the causes of weight gain
and the challenges involved in dieting. The book examines what it means to diet well and how, by understanding our psychological selves, we can change unhealthy behaviors and potentially lose weight.
From the cultural history of dieting to the prevalence and dangers of eating disorders, The Psychology of Dieting shows us that there is no such thing as a miracle diet. Instead, losing weight in the long-term involves understanding how our minds shape the choices we make, and although changing our behaviour is difficult, sustained weight loss is possible.
`In order to lose weight successfully it is vital to understand our behaviourÃ£ towards food.Ã£ 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 longÃ£ 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
Jane Ogden is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK
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