Eating Psychology is the study of eating behaviours.  In simple terms, it is about what we eat, how we eat, where and when we eat.

What we eat

In the modern western world and other industrialised societies, food is in abundant supply. It is cheap, easy to find and of varying quality. A large number of people only purchase food from the big supermarket chains. In many communities the local high street food supplier has gone. As a result, many of us are making poor food choices about what to eat.
A more complicating factor that often goes unnoticed is the medications that people take. This is commonplace in the modern world, but few notice the effect these have on their food intake, or gut health.

 

How we eat

How we eat our meals can be impacted by our mood. For example, when we are feeling depressed we often overeat.  In addition, the social company that we keep can affect how we eat our meal. This is because others may encourage us  to eat food that we would not eat alone. Also, the culture in which we live has an impact on us. For example, the excessive food consumption encouraged by the Christmas festival.

Where and when we eat

Many of us do not think about where, or when we eat. Often, in the modern household this can be in front of the television, very different from the family meal around the table in previous times. Along the same theme is the time of day that we eat. In our fast modern world many skip breakfast and eat late into the evening.
 All of these factors have resulted in a variety of eating habits that range from healthy eating to disordered eating. These eating behaviours can be altered by our experiences.  If we introduce new experiences, we can change our behaviour and so help to address unwanted eating habits.