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Cognitive Dissonance in Food and Nutrition – A Conceptual Framework

Lookup NU author(s): Andy Ong, Professor Lynn FrewerORCiD, Dr Mei-Yen Chan



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BackgroundThis paper describes the development of a theoretical framework for the study of cognitive dissonance in food and nutrition. Scope and ApproachThe Food Cognition Dissonance (FCD) conceptual framework integrates relevant principles of cognitive dissonance and attitude, in the context of food and nutrition, to provide a novel perspective of structural food-related cognitive dissonance in relation to the examination of food-related attitudes. The elements and mechanisms within the FCD framework are elaborated, and considerations in the use of the framework are discussed. Key Findings and ConclusionThe FCD framework can be applied to predicting how dissonance-based, food-related attitude change occurs. The approach may stimulate research that will ultimately lead to the development of effective nutrition programmes and/or communications to promote healthy eating.

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Author(s): Ong ASJ, Frewer LJ, Chan MY

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Trends in Food Science & Technology

Year: 2017

Volume: 59

Pages: 60-69

Print publication date: 01/01/2017

Online publication date: 23/11/2016

Acceptance date: 05/11/2016

Date deposited: 07/11/2016

ISSN (print): 0924-2244

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3053

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2016.11.003


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