Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
*Choice Behavior; Counseling; Eating; Feeding Behavior; Humans; Nutrition Therapy; Obesity; Power (Psychology); *Professional-Patient Relations; Social Environment; Social Stigma; Weight Loss
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion
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.
DOI of Published Version
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
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Appelhans, Bradley M.; Whited, Matthew C.; Schneider, Kristin L.; and Pagoto, Sherry L., "Time to abandon the notion of personal choice in dietary counseling for obesity" (2011). UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications. 35.