Mindless Eating

There are factors that influence what we eat, such as culture, convenience, availability and so on. Another influence is our environment. “Mindless eating” is the act of eating when we’re not hungry, and is based on cues we find in our environment. It is what happens when we absent-mindedly snack while watching TV, or get the urge for fast food after seeing an advertisement for it. Dr. Brian Wansink at Cornell University has done extensive research on this behaviour and has written a book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.

In this activity, we will learn more about how this behaviour happens and how we can instead learn to eat mindfully.

Activity Type: Online Discussion, Reflective journals

Types of Interaction:

Learner and Content: Media, Videos, Readings, Websites

Learner and Context: Other

Learner and Support: Learners, Instructors

Activity Structure: Individual

Bloom Taxonomy Level: Understanding , Applying

Discipline: Arts and Humanities, Medicine and Health Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Author/Source Name: Thompson Rivers University Open Learning

Author/Source Email: learningactivities@tru.ca

Creative Commons License: CC-BY-SA Attribution + ShareAlike


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