1st Edition

The Psychology of Dieting

By Jane Ogden Copyright 2018
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    Why do some of us become overweight? Why is it so difficult to lose weight? How can we adopt healthy attitudes towards food?

    The Psychology of Dieting takes a broad and balanced view of the causes of weight gain and the challenges involved in dieting. Exploring the cognitive, emotional and social triggers which lead us to make poor decisions around food, the book considers what it means to diet well. By understanding our psychological selves, the book shows how we can change our unhealthy behaviours and potentially lose weight.

    In an era of weight problems, obesity, and dangerous dieting, The Psychology of Dieting shows us that there is no such thing as a miracle diet, and that we must understand how our minds shape the food choices we make.

    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


    Jane Ogden is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK. She has been involved in research and writing about eating behaviour and weight management for nearly 30 years and is a frequent contributor to the media for magazines, radio and TV.

    β€˜In order to lose weight successfully it is vital to understand our behaviour towards food. 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 long 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