- Eating Disorders
o Use of extreme measures for controlling weight or avoiding weight gain
o Excessive exercise, fasting, use of laxative, cigarettes, diet pills, etc.
- Growing Social Problem
o Pursuit of thinness
- Dietary factors related to health and disease
o Chronic dieters increase their chances of getting cancer incidents by 20%
o Limits of diets: easy to maintain 6 months to a year. It has been shown that most
dieters relapse from a diet prog
Definition of Health Psychology
- Understanding of psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become
ill, and how they respond when they do get ill.
- Health psychologists study issues and promote interventinons to hel