Studies on obesity and self-control

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 25th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Psychology delves into the minds and behavior of human beings. It still puzzles researchers on what self control has contributed to the dieters and medical conditions such as diabetes

Getting in control

Many people flock to counselors and psychologist constantly with issues of control, they may want to gain some control in their lives, or they feel they are out of control; these issues are common among kids and teens. Control also affects such things as dieting, exercising, and remaining at any given job and so on. Psychologists and other scientist are studying the process of control in human to find out how it works internally and how research can help people to maintain the control they desire.

Motivational Versus Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrates on Self-Control

“Research published in the journals of the Association for Psychological Science explores the various mechanisms -- metabolic, cognitive, motivational, and affective -- thought to underlie self-control.

Motivational Versus Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrates on Self-Control

The common theory purports that we crave sweets and we try to resist them; but we give in because we have no self-control. According to Psychological scientist Daniel Molden, depriving ourselves of the sweets we want can actually be what is depleting our metabolism of carbohydrates.

His study showed there was no evidence to support “self-control and glucose metabolism.” Subjects who had been given carbohydrates, even just a taste which was then rinsed out of the mouth did not have any significant differences in blood glucose level. He uses this as evidence that self-control is not a metabolic process. It is more a motivational process.

Research needed in human motivation

Matthew A. Sanders, Steve D. Shirk, Chris J. Burgin, Leonard L. Martin, also used a mouth rinsing experiment to see if self-control was metabolic or motivational. Their subjects were divided into two groups, those that rinsed with a sweetener and those that didn’t. Their findings supported Molden’s study. Actually the subjects that rinsed with a sweetener showed more self-control in the experiments that followed than those who didn’t.

Other scientists, Michael Inzlicht and Brandon J. Schmeichel, suggest that when it comes to self-control and obesity, the process model may be a more suitable model for controlling obesity- the reason for all these experiments in the first place. In this process, a person who craves sweets will first shift away from self-control, and focus on reasons or cues for why they must have the sweets. This means they ignore all cues for why non-indulgence is a better option and think only of eating those sweets.

This theory is what many people in the non-scientific, or psychology community felt all along. Some people would actually say it is common sense.
Inzlicht and Schmeichel do admit that more research is needed to understand human motivation, human thinking on this issue and human emotionally needs.


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Diabetes, Human Motivation, Self Control, Self Control And Dieting, Self Control And Eating, Self Control And Weight

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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