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Alok Bhargava

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269143.001.0001

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Behavior, diet and obesity in developed countries

Behavior, diet and obesity in developed countries

(p.138) 7 Behavior, diet and obesity in developed countries
Food, Economics, and Health

Alok Bhargava

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with issues of individual behaviour, diet, and obesity, especially in developed countries such as the US. Section 7.1 begins with nutritional issues and discusses the importance of hypotheses, such as excessive fat intakes leading to weight gain, and summarizes some relevant studies. Section 7.2 describes salient aspects of the psychological literature and their relevance for designing interventions that can facilitate behavioural changes for promoting weight loss. Section 7.3 briefly discusses the economics literature. Section 7.4 highlights ways in which biomedical and social science research can be integrated to develop strategies for stemming the obesity pandemic.

Keywords:   nutrition, health, obesity pandemic, body weight, fat intake, behavioural changes

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