Title

Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity

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

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

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.

Comments

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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