Behavior Change Theory and Dieting Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Behavior Change Theory and Dieting
Looks at the application of different behavior change models to improve an individual's diet.
# 147941 | 2,560 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 12, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper reviews several behavioral change methods including the Stages of Changes Method, Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) and the Health Belief Model (HBM). Next, the author highlights the five stages of behavior change needed by an individual to apply accurately the behavioral change method required to help him alter his diet. The paper presents an altered menu and grocery shopping list that an individual can use to make the necessary change in their diet and health. The paper includes an illustration of the change process.

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From the Paper:

"In the first stage of the pre-contemplation, the problem with the health is obvious, whether or not it is recognized by the individual. If the individual does acknowledge the problem, he or she does not really resolve to take steps for its solution. In this stage, the individual mainly recognizes the problem and gathers all knowledge that is directly or indirectly linked to the problem as well as recognizes how his or her problem affects his or her environment through the process of observation. Here the method applied basically is to increase the awareness of the individual to the problem through indirect, subtle and at times direct dialogue."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Catania, J.A., Kegeles, S.M., and Coates T.J. (1990). Towards an understanding of risk behavior: An AIDS risk reduction model (ARRM). Health Education Quarterly, 17(1), 53-72.
  • Denison, J. (1996). Behavior Change -- A Summary of Four Major Theories. Family health International, 3-13.
  • Fishbein, M., Middlestadt, S.E., and Hitchcock, P.J. (1994). Using information to change sexually transmitted diseaserelated behaviors. In R.J. DiClemente and J.L. Peterson (Eds.), Preventing AIDS: Theories and methods of behavioral interventions (pp. 61-78). New York: Plenum Press.
  • Greene G.W., Rossi S.R., Rossi J.S., Velicer W.F., Fava J.L., Prochaska J.O. (1999). Dietary applications of the stages of change model. J Am Diet Assoc;99(6):673-8.
  • Maurer, R. (1996). Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Unconventional strategies that build support for change. Austin, Texas: Bard Press.

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