A Social-Psychological Perspective on Food-Related Behavior

  • Marta L. Axelson
  • David Brinberg

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 1-3
  3. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 5-29
  4. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 31-59
  5. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 61-86
  6. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 87-102
  7. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 103-134
  8. Marta L. Axelson, David Brinberg
    Pages 135-172
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-190

About this book


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.


Ernährung Gender behavior education knowledge psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Marta L. Axelson
    • 1
  • David Brinberg
    • 2
  1. 1.East SchodakUSA
  2. 2.Marketing Department/School of BusinessState University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97095-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9661-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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