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Убеждения за наднормено тегло и поведение на хранене при юноши и млади хора
Obesity cognitions and eating behavior in adolescents and young adults

Author(s): Sonya Karabeliova, Radina Stoyanova, Petya Pandurova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Дружество на психолозите в република България
Keywords: obesity cognitions; health motivation; eating behavior; subjective well-being

Summary/Abstract: Specific attitudes and beliefs associated with overweight in adolescence predetermine multiple behavioral choices for maintaining a healthy weight and measures to reduce overweight (Stice & Shaw, 2002). The study aims to explore the relationship between obesity cognitions, health motivation, and eating behavior. The sample includes 134 participants (77% women), aged 16-45 (x̅ =26.96, SD=6.86), devised according to their BMI (x̅ =23.70, SD=6.52) as follows – 69% in norm (BMI below 25) and 31% overweight. The study was conducted by the Obesity Cognition Questionnaire ((Wamsteker et al, 2005)), the Health Motivation Questionnaire, the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (Van Strien et al., 1986), and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (Zankova, 2015). Overweight respondents tend to attribute psychological factors to the development of the condition to a higher extent and identify higher levels of perceived susceptibility to overweight and obesity in comparison to respondents with normal body weight. They also have the highest levels of perceived barriers to maintaining a healthy weight. Women were found to have higher health motivation. The age group of 26 to 45 years old was considered more susceptible to overweight and obesity than younger participants in the study. Beliefs related to the influence of psychological factors and perceived control of the condition are significant predictors of emotional eating. Those associated with susceptibility to overweight and health motivation are predictors of the limitations of nutrition.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 1-4
  • Page Range: 15-28
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian