Dieting, Overweight, and Obesity: Self-Regulation in a Food-Rich Environment examines why self-regulation of weight is so difficult for many people. The author explains the history of bodyweight standards, details the emotional and physical consequences of being overweight, and explores the various treatment and prevention plans for obesity.

In reviewing the numerous psychological theories that explain people's problems with weight, Stroebe points out that each does not take into consideration the desire for palatable food. He then presents the goal conflict theory which assumes that chronic dieters who have difficulties in controlling their weight often disregard bodily cues of hunger and satiety not because they are unable to recognize them, but because they do not want to recognize them.

This book gives readers a comprehensive understanding of the issues involving weight gain and dieting.

Table of Contents


  1. Dieting, Overweight and Obesity: An Introduction
  2. Prevalence and Consequences of Overweight and Obesity
  3. Energy Balance and the Genetics of Body Weight
  4. Environmental Causes of the Increase in Overweight and Obesity
  5. Determinants of Weight Regulation in Individuals With Obesity
  6. Restrained Eating and the Breakdown of Self-Regulation
  7. Beyond the Boundary Model: A Cognitive Process Theory of Restrained Eating
  8. Treatment and Prevention of Overweight and Obesity


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio
Wolfgang Stroebe, PhD, is professor of social psychology at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he was founding director of the Research Institute for Psychology & Health. He received doctoral degrees from the University of Münster, Münster, Germany, London University, London School of Economics, London, England, and an honorary PhD from the University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium. He previously held academic positions in the United States, England, and Germany. A past president of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology and a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the British Psychological Society, he has published numerous books and scientific articles on issues of health and social psychology.
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