Thinking Differently About Dieting
Original Air Date: April 22, 2015
Presenter: Glenn Kent, PhD
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Dieting is a $60 billion dollar industry in the United States, promoting the idea that you can control your weight by following their plan, purchasing their device, or working with their experts. Fundamental to the discussion of diets are the social, biological, and psychological ingredients to their success, many of which are not adequately addressed by the industry. Further, many individuals who diet may not fully understand how going on a diet can change the way they think about food. In "Thinking Differently about Dieting," Glenn Kent discusses the social, biological, and psychological factors that make long-term weight loss difficult, with greater emphasis on psychological factors. He also reviews how food may be addictive as well as the role exercise plays in our health. Finally, listeners will leave with tips for improving their eating habits.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
- identify four keys to thinking differently about dieting.
- identify several of the social influences that affect what we eat.
- identify how "going on a diet" affects how we think about eating.
About Glenn Kent, PhD
Glenn Kent earned his master’s degree in neuropsychology and doctoral degree in health psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught courses on psychology and nutrition.
His experience as a university wellness director, health care administrator, personal trainer, and fitness entrepreneur speaks to a lifelong commitment to the study of health.
Currently, Glenn is a researcher and assistant professor of health psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. His research interests focus on Triune Health, his model of well-being along three dimensions: movement, eating, and psychology. His findings aim to prevent or reduce the causes of chronic diseases, especially obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, in an effort to increase longevity and quality of life.
Glenn is also the owner of Fitness Motive, a Roanoke-based health company focusing on psychological approaches to wellness.