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Motivational dynamics of eating regulation: a self-determination theory perspective

Joke Verstuyf UGent, Heather Patrick, Maarten Vansteenkiste UGent and Pedro Teixeira (2012) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 9.
abstract
Within Western society, many people have difficulties adequately regulating their eating behaviors and weight. Although the literature on eating regulation is vast, little attention has been given to motivational dynamics involved in eating regulation. Grounded in Self-Determination Theory (SDT), the present contribution aims to provide a motivational perspective on eating regulation. The role of satisfaction and thwarting of the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness is introduced as a mechanism to (a) explain the etiology of body image concerns and disordered eating and (b) understand the optimal regulation of ongoing eating behavior for healthy weight maintenance. An overview of empirical studies on these two research lines is provided. In a final section, the potential relevance and value of SDT in relation to prevailing theoretical models in the domain of eating regulation is discussed. Although research on SDT in the domain of eating regulation is still in its early stages and more research is clearly needed, this review suggests that the SDT represents a promising framework to more thoroughly study and understand the motivational processes involved in eating regulation and associated problems.
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Autonomous Regulation, Need Substitutes, Motivation, INTRINSIC MOTIVATION, BODY-IMAGE, WEIGHT-LOSS MAINTENANCE, PARENTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL, MALADAPTIVE PERFECTIONISM, DISORDER PATIENTS, BULIMIC SYMPTOMS, WOMEN, AUTONOMY SUPPORT, Thin-Ideal, Eating Regulation, OBJECTIFICATION, Self-Determination Theory, Eating Disorders
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Int. J. Behav. Nutr. Phys. Act.
volume
9
article_number
21
pages
16 pages
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000302083500001
JCR category
NUTRITION & DIETETICS
JCR impact factor
3.577 (2012)
JCR rank
15/75 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1479-5868
DOI
10.1186/1479-5868-9-21
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
2968425
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2968425
date created
2012-08-06 15:33:55
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2015-06-17 10:12:28
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  author       = {Verstuyf, Joke and Patrick, Heather and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and Teixeira, Pedro},
  issn         = {1479-5868},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY},
  keyword      = {Autonomous Regulation,Need Substitutes,Motivation,INTRINSIC MOTIVATION,BODY-IMAGE,WEIGHT-LOSS MAINTENANCE,PARENTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL,MALADAPTIVE PERFECTIONISM,DISORDER PATIENTS,BULIMIC SYMPTOMS,WOMEN,AUTONOMY SUPPORT,Thin-Ideal,Eating Regulation,OBJECTIFICATION,Self-Determination Theory,Eating Disorders},
  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Motivational dynamics of eating regulation: a self-determination theory perspective},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-9-21},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
Verstuyf, Joke, Heather Patrick, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Pedro Teixeira. 2012. “Motivational Dynamics of Eating Regulation: a Self-determination Theory Perspective.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 9.
APA
Verstuyf, J., Patrick, H., Vansteenkiste, M., & Teixeira, P. (2012). Motivational dynamics of eating regulation: a self-determination theory perspective. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 9.
Vancouver
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Verstuyf J, Patrick H, Vansteenkiste M, Teixeira P. Motivational dynamics of eating regulation: a self-determination theory perspective. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 2012;9.
MLA
Verstuyf, Joke, Heather Patrick, Maarten Vansteenkiste, et al. “Motivational Dynamics of Eating Regulation: a Self-determination Theory Perspective.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 9 (2012): n. pag. Print.