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The prevalence of mechanisms of dietary change in a community sample.

Chapman, K and Ogden, J (2010) The prevalence of mechanisms of dietary change in a community sample. Appetite, 55 (3). 447 - 453. ISSN 0195-6663

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Abstract

Evidence relating to dietary change is contradictory, as some studies document a lack of dietary change while other studies report a degree of success in the implementation and maintenance of long-term dietary change. The present cross-sectional survey aimed to establish the prevalence of dietary change in a community sample, with a focus on four mechanisms of dietary change: two mechanisms within an active path (accumulation of evidence and trigger to action) and two mechanisms within a passive path (imposed change and seamless change) across participants' lifespan (N = 404). The results indicated that minor dietary change occurred frequently in the lives of 99% of participants. Those described as involving the active path illustrated a reliance on different, self-regulatory styles. In contrast, passive path changes reflected participants' flexible adaptation to the external environment and evolving personal health needs. Both, the changes within active and passive paths, occurred with almost equal frequency across participants' lifespan. Further, while weight loss in the past year tended to be attributed to conscious effort, weight gains were blamed on the obesogenic environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in APETITE. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definite version was subsequently published in [Apetite, 31 (4), July 2012, DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2010.08.006
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 16:32
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/732531

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