The Psychological Dieter: It's Not All about the Calories

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University Press of America, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 102 pages
The Psychological Dieter explores a variety of research topics in psychology to explain how diet is acquired and why it is so difficult to change. While many healthier diets on the market will work, few (if any) will provide long-term solutions to healthier dieting. This is a key challenge for research psychologists who study diet and health. Based on scientific research and thinking, this book is one of the first to explore how psychology can help explain why shifting diet is so difficult and provides practical suggestions for what can be done to stop this trend. Professor Privitera integrates research from the biological to the behavioral to provide an easy to follow and broad review of these topics. The Psychological Dieter explores how factors such as metabolism, the brain, sensation, perception, learning, society, and culture all influence weight gain, food choice, meal size, and consumption. Organized into three sections, this book describes how the body regulates hunger and fullness, why diet change is so difficult long-term, and how learning can affect almost any sensation and behavior associated with diet. Rooted in scientific research and clearly written, this book's engaging style makes topics in psychology accessible to scientists, health professionals, and everyday dieters alike.
 

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Contents

Why We Feel Hungry and Full
1
Storing and Using Calories
11
Learning About Hunger and Fullness
23
Why Dieting Is So Difficult
35
Innate Likes and Dislikes
43
Mere Exposure Learning
53
Learning and Diet Acquisition
63
Flavor Reinforcement Learning
71
Sociocultural Factors in Eating
83
Index
95
About the Author
103
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Gregory J. Privitera, Ph.D., is a Faculty Associate with Arizona State University and an Assistant Professor with Glendale Community College, where he teaches on topics in psychology and oversees laboratory research. Born in Buffalo, NY, and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, Dr. Privitera's work is focused on improving health through diet. His biography was recently published in the prestigious Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in 2007.

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