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Date Created: 03/29/16
3-‐29-‐16 Motivation II. Psychological View of Obesity • One psychological approach to understanding obesity comes from the work of Stanley Schacter • Called Internal/External Theory o Schacter proposed that obese people eat not only when they are hungry, but also when the correct environmental cues are present. § Ex. Eating at lunch time when not hungry, eating at 2 when hungry § Obese individuals will nearly always engage in eating behavior if and when: § Food is viewed (ex. Tv commercial/buffet) § The correct eating time arrives (ex. noon § He called these people, “externals” o Of course, people of normal weight tend to eat only when the correct internal cues are present (ex. when they get hunger pangs) o He called these people “internals” o Schacter conducted a series of about 20 studies.. § In one study, normal weight and obese people were asked to sit at a table and fill out a questionnaire § The experimenter left a bag of almonds on the desk and invited subjects to help themselves while they were filling out the questions § In condition #1: shells were off the nuts § In condition #2: shells were left on the nuts (nutcracker was provided) § When subjects left the room, the nuts were counted to determine who had eaten any § Results: • Shells on: Normal Weight: 50% Obese Weight: 5% • Shells off: Normal Weight: 50% Obese Weight: 95% § Conclusion: • Obese people eat more than normal people when: o Food is present o When it is easy to get § Evidence also shows that the more salient (visually obvious) the food cue is, the more likely it will lead to eating behavior for externals. § For example, researchers have shown that… • Obese people will eat far more from a bowl of nuts when the bowl is brightly illuminated than when it is dimly lit. (buffet trays) • For normal weight individuals, the illumination had no effect on eating behavior. • In sum, the current theories suggest that both physiological and psychological factors contribute to human obesity.
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