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The Psychology of Dieting


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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.


'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

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