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Factors influencing women's choice of weight-loss diet

Calder, Romana K. and Mussap, Alexander J. 2015, Factors influencing women's choice of weight-loss diet, Journal of health psychology, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 612-624, doi: 10.1177/1359105315573435.

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Title Factors influencing women's choice of weight-loss diet
Author(s) Calder, Romana K.
Mussap, Alexander J.
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 20
Issue number 5
Start page 612
End page 624
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1461-7277
Keyword(s) Diet
Eating behavior
Eating disorders
Health behavior
Overweight
Women’s health
Social sciences
Psychology, Clinical
Psychology
MAINTENANCE FACTORS
EATING-DISORDERS
US ADULTS
OBESITY
HEALTH
ADOLESCENTS
EXPLORATION
APPEARANCE
PREVALENCE
Summary We developed a typology of eight minimally overlapping weight-loss diet methods and used it to survey 151 women dieters on their choice of diet in the previous 12 months, their motivations to diet, and their eating disorder symptomatology. Canonical correlations revealed a potentially problematic "thin, quick, and easy" association of methods and motives, as well as a more healthful "thin, natural, life-style" association. Both featured the pursuit of thinness but not health. In fact, health was rated by dieters as the poorest motivator of dieting. The results highlight the importance to women dieters of short-term aesthetic concerns over long-term health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105315573435
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080489

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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