The pivotal role of psychology in a comprehensive theory of obesity

The target article offers a comprehensive approach to conceptualizing psychological factors contributing to obesity. Strengths of Marks’ theory include giving body image a central focus, discussing the importance of emotional states on food reliance, and conveying avenues for interventions and treat...

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Journal Title: Health Psychology Open Vol. 3; no. 1
Authors: Patrick M Markey, Charlotte N Markey, Kristin J August, Lindzee C Bailey, Christopher S Nave
Published: January-June 2016
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Summary: The target article offers a comprehensive approach to conceptualizing psychological factors contributing to obesity. Strengths of Marks’ theory include giving body image a central focus, discussing the importance of emotional states on food reliance, and conveying avenues for interventions and treatment. Marks’ approach carefully delineates the interpersonal nature of obesity, although our work suggests that romantic partners are an especially important and understudied factor relevant to eating behaviors, body image, and obesity risk. The target article is an important step toward understanding the complex factors that contribute to obesity.
ISBN: 2055-1029
DOI: 10.1177/2055102916634365