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IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 244: The Role of Motivation to Reduce Obesity among Elderly People: Response to Priming Temptation in Obese Individuals

01 Feb 2018

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 244: The Role of Motivation to Reduce Obesity among Elderly People: Response to Priming Temptation in Obese Individuals

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15020244

Authors:
Małgorzata Obara-Gołębiowska
Hanna Brycz
Małgorzata Lipowska
Mariusz Lipowski

The risk of obesity-related disorders is increased among the elderly, so changing eating habits can be an important element of prevention. The main aim of this article is to consider whether looking at pictures that present either fattening food or healthy food may motivate elderly people to change their nutrition habits. Might priming different kinds of food influence the attractiveness of the food for people in late adulthood undergoing obesity therapy? Based on priming theories, we analysed the effects of the conscious processing of stimuli associated with dietary habits in individuals aged with BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. Our experiments confirmed the influence of a higher-priority goal of “slimming” on the perception and internalization of nutrition-related stimuli. In response to such stimuli, individuals who are actively involved in weight reduction and health-oriented programs use strategies for resisting temptation and to effectively “slim”. We present our findings in the context of their theoretical background and practical application.

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