|Title||" I should remember I don't want to become fat" : Adolescents' views on self-regulatory strategies for healthy eating|
|Author(s)||Stok, F.M.; Vet, Emely de; Ridder, Denise T.D. de; Wit, John B.F. de|
|Source||Journal of Youth and Adolescence 35 (2012)1. - ISSN 0140-1971 - p. 67 - 75.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Adolescents - Eating behavior - Obesity epidemic - Self-regulation - Self-regulatory strategies|
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.