" I should remember I don't want to become fat": Adolescents' views on self-regulatory strategies for healthy eating

F.M. Stok*, Emely de Vet, Denise T.D. de Ridder, John B.F. de Wit

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Abstract

Few studies have investigated the strategies adolescents identify to self-regulate eating behavior. Aiming to address this gap in the literature, the current article describes a bottom-up investigation of strategies adolescents identify for the successful self-regulation of eating behavior. Sixty-two adolescents generated statements about self-regulation strategies for eating and rated the utility of each statement. From an initial pool of 357 statements, thirteen overarching self-regulatory strategies were distilled (e.g. preparation; stimulus control). Significant differences were found between the strategies with regard to perceived utility. Findings indicate that, in apparent contradiction to growing obesity rates, adolescents have knowledge of various self-regulatory strategies. Possible explanations for this contradiction are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Eating behavior
  • Obesity epidemic
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-regulatory strategies

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