About this book
This book examines how the social environment affects food choices and intake, and documents the extent to which people are unaware of the significant impact of social factors on their eating. The authors take a unique approach to studying eating behaviors in ordinary circumstances, presenting a theory of normal eating that highlights social influences independent of physiological and taste factors.
Among the topics discussed:
- Modeling of food intake and food choice
- Consumption stereotypes and impression management
- Research design, methodology, and ethics of studying eating behaviors
- What happens when we overeat?
- Effects of social eating
Social Influences on Eating is a useful reference for psychologists and researchers studying food and nutritional psychology, challenging commonly held assumptions about the dynamics of food choice and intake in order to promote a better understanding of the power of social influence on all forms of behavior.