A Social-Psychological Perspective on Food-Related Behavior

A Social-Psychological Perspective on Food-Related Behavior

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Many of the diseases which afflict people in an affluent society like the United States seem to be related to food consumption (e.g., adult-onset diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and colon cancer). In recent years, the health-related professions have become aware that their exclusive aim of disease treatment must be expanded to include health promotion. Professionals in food and nutrition, health education, social marketing, and psychology, as well as others have become interested in finding ways to promote healthy behaviors such as appropriate food consumption patterns. To modify food-related behavior, knowledge about why people eat what they eat is required. Both biological and sociocultural factors determine people's consumption behavior. This monograph, however, examines only the sociocultural determinants of individuals' food-related behaviors within their zone of biological indifference. The sociocultural variables are divided into two major categories - sociodemographic and psychological. Sociodemographic variables are often called external variables and include income, ethnicity, age, and the like. Psychosocial variables are thought to reflect the individual's internal state, and commonly examined variables include knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 10.67mm | 312g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1989
  • VIII, 190 p.
  • 0387970959
  • 9780387970950

Table of contents

1. Introduction.- 2. Measures of Food-Related Behavior.- Defining Food-Related Behavior.- A Framework for Organizing the Measurements of Food-Related Behavior.- Current Measures of Food-Related Behavior.- Criteria for Evaluating the Measurement of Food-Related Behavior.- 3. Beliefs, Attitudes, and Knowledge.- Definitions.- Measuring Knowledge and Beliefs.- Measuring Attitudes.- Relationship among Behavior, Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes.- 4. Preferences--A Special Case of Attitudes.- Definitions.- Relationship Between Sensory-Related Affect and Consumption.- Determinants of Sensory-Related.- 5. Sociodemographic Determinants.- Income.- Household Size.- Education.- Gender and Age.- Wife's Employment Status.- Ethnicity and Race.- 6. Models of Choice Behavior.- Fishbein and Ajzen's Theory of Reasoned Action.- Triandis's Model of Social Behavior.- Subjective Probability Model.- Social Judgment Theory.- Behavioral Alternatives Model.- 7. Food Classification Systems.- Definitions.- Professionals' Food Guides.- Consumers' Classification Systems.- References.
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