Counseling Psychology
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NutriAct - Psychological basis of food choice and the role of the family

Supported by BMBF
Leader: Prof. Dr. Petra Warschburger
Research: M.Sc. Ulrike Ruzanska
Timeline: June 2015 - June 2018

It is shown that the adults' diet strongly influences the disease risk later in life. However, the eating habits in people 50-70 years of age are often not optimal in respect to food choice, food preferences and eating behaviors. There still seems to be many obstacles preventing subjects to choose foods that as a whole and in combination with other healthy life style behaviors are the key measures to experience active and healthy aging. Yet little is known about the main factors involved in ordinary eating habits, especially in older people. In this project, we will investigate the cultural, familial and individual factors that influence food choice in adults. We will collect data from study participants of the EPIC-Potsdam study and their family members (n = 5,000), examining e.g. different facets of eating behavior or readiness to change. Furthermore, we will invite a small sample (n = 80) for further psychological testing, examining e.g. cognitive and self-control abilities. In the long run, this project will provide a better understanding of eating habits and develop the fundamentals for developing strategies for improved food choices in the adult population.


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