3rd Edition

Psychology of Eating From Biology to Culture to Policy

    270 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Psychology of Eating is the essential multi-disciplinary introduction to the psychology of eating, looking at the biological, genetic, developmental, and social determinants of how humans find and assimilate food.


    Thoroughly revised and updated, this new third edition brings multi-faceted expertise to the topic of normal and dysfunctional food intake, juxtaposing ‘normal’ eating, eating in environments of food scarcity, and the phenomenon of ‘abnormal’ eating prevalent in many modern-day developed societies. The book includes some discussion of eating disorders but takes a much broader approach to the psychology of eating. Key updates to this edition include:

    • A new discussion of food allergies
    • A fully updated chapter on eating disorders, which includes discussion of binge-eating
    • Greater focus on junk food addition and updated information on epigenetics and the microbiome

    Featuring student-friendly materials such as learning objectives, talking points, glossaries and self-assessment questions, this book is essential reading for students of psychology, eating behavior, or health sciences. It will also be useful reading for professionals in health psychology and anyone supporting those with eating disorders and obesity.

    1. Eating – You, the World, and Food  2. Macronutrients, Micronutrients, and Metabolism  3. You Are What You Eat: Energy Flow  4. The Brain and Sensory Mechanisms of Feeding  5. Brain: Outputs and Integration  6. Genetics, Epigenetics, and Microbiome  7. Basic Learning Processes and Eating Behavior  8. The Development of Eating Behaviors  9. Social Influences on Eating  10. Mood and Food, Cravings, and Addiction  11. Eating Disorders and Treatment  12. Personal Weight Loss Strategies in Obesity  13. Institutional Approaches to Healthful Eating


    Emily Crews Splane is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Flagler College, USA. She has conducted extensive research in behavioral neuroscience using techniques including autoradiography, immunohistochemistry, and operant conditioning.


    Neil E. Rowland is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida, USA. His research centers around food intake and obesity, and drug abuse.


    Anaya Mitra is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Catherine University, Minnesota, USA. Her research interests revolve around the biological, psychological and sociocultural factors which impact ingestive behaviors and the development of obesity.