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Psychological Assessment for Adults and Children

Authored by: Craig A. Johnston , Jennette P. Moreno , John P. Foreyt

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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Psychological factors play a significant role in many nutritional abnormalities. These factors include mood (e.g., depression, anger, and anxiety), emotional eating, distorted body image, low self-esteem, poor self-efficacy and quality of life, dietary restraint, stress, susceptibility to external cues to eat, and locus of control. They contribute to a number of nutritional abnormalities including obesity, and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED). The assessment of obesity and eating disorders requires not only a medical evaluation but also assessment of the contributing psychological factors. In this chapter we discuss instruments that assess psychological factors relevant to nutritional goals and concerns.

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