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Outline and Evaluate factors affecting attitudes to food and eating (24
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Social learning theory emphasises the impact that observing other people has on an
individual's own attitudes and behaviour. One way in which children acquire their attitudes
to food and their eating behaviour is by observing their parents behaviour. Parental
attitudes to food inevitably affect children because parents control the food bought and
served in the home.…read more

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Lastly, our mood may affect our attitudes to eating. Schachter developed the `Emotionality
Theory of Obesity' which suggests that people became obese because they ate for
emotional reasons, whereas slim people only eat when they're hungry. Davis et al's study
supports the link between mood and eating changes as it demonstrated that one hour
before a binge, bulimic individuals had more negative mood states than one hour before a
normal snack or meal. Wegner et al.…read more

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