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79: does eating need psychology?
"OK, let's talk about eating. What does psychology have to do with it?". Sigh. Not for the first time. Besides 78 already described reasons, we can look at this dry statistical aspect as well.
Things are getting bad really quickly. In Europe number of obese people tripled since 1980 (1). Along with this number - level of non infectious diseases related to obesity and unhealthy eating are also rising.
From 2008 to 2010 - just in three years! - number of obese children from 1 in 4 went to 1 in 3 (1). Obese children usually become obese adults who are sick, have low self-confidence, harm their health with diets and sports abuse, and are at higher risk of depression and other mood disorders.
Among reasons of premature death at least 6 of them are related to nutrition and physical activity - increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol level, increased body mass index, insufficient consumption of fruit and vegetables, insufficient physical activity and alcohol abuse (2)
2014 survey numbers show that among Lithuanians ONLY 47.9 percent of people eat fruit daily and 54.5 percent eat vegetables daily. At the same time, 28.1 percent had complaints about blood pressure and EVEN 17.3 percent f population were obese (3).
Many different professionals can aid in this situation - doctors (who are specialists in health and nutrition physiology), public health professionals (who know how to run very large scale health programs, also who have arguments for overall population health assessment), education specialists (who can teach both children and their parents), and the whole food industry (who can increase the supply of the healthy food). Psychologists can add the deeper understanding of the various reasons for specific behavior, how to change this behavior, what motivates to change (and what does not), what turns changes into habits, which internal and external factors are essential for the reliable habits to form - which is important to understand not only from your own experience and errors, but to understand the essence of it, so you can change situation before it becomes really bad. Because, you know, we cannot experiment with humans a lot - would you agree to participate in an experiment that either might create a wonderful set of eating habits for you, or might sink really deep into dieting cycle? Yup, me neither.
So, that's what psychology has to do with eating.
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My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach.