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Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications
  • Bradley M. Appelhans, Rush University Medical Center
  • Matthew C. Whited, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kristin L. Schneider, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
8-2-2011
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
*Choice Behavior; Counseling; Eating; Feeding Behavior; Humans; Nutrition Therapy; Obesity; Power (Psychology); *Professional-Patient Relations; Social Environment; Social Stigma; Weight Loss
Abstract
De-emphasizing the role of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity would reduce stigma, but doing so carries the risk of undermining patients' perceived control over their weight loss success. The goal of this commentary is to help dietetics practitioners negotiate this dilemma by presenting a scientifically informed framework that views the personal choices relevant to obesity counseling in terms of three neurobehavioral processes. We argue that applying this framework in dietary counseling can both minimize patient stigma and preserve patients' sense of empowerment.
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Citation: Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Schneider KL, Pagoto SL. Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity? J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Aug;111(8):1130-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.05.014. Link to article on publisher's site

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PubMed ID
21802557
Citation Information
Bradley M. Appelhans, Matthew C. Whited, Kristin L. Schneider and Sherry L. Pagoto. "Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity" Vol. 111 Iss. 8 (2011) ISSN: 0002-8223 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_pagoto/97/