Unhealthy Eating Case Study

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Written Assignment Unit 2 by Elie Arslan Unhealthy eating or poor diet is a health behavior that I found myself engaging in the past two years. Since my promotion to a Quality Manager position, I work and travel a lot to audit different clinical suppliers domestically and internationally. Unfortunately, food is sometimes the last thing I think about when I am working. When I wake up in the morning, I skip breakfast and leave home to start work at 7:30 am. When I arrive at work, my executive assistant has a fresh cup of coffee ready for me with one cream and two sugar packets. I check emails for about half an hour to an hour and then I am either attending management meetings or giving presentations until lunchtime. My employer provides lunch…show more content…
It refers to plans to keep the behavior in the face of possibilities that arise during behavioral enactment like obstacles. Coping requires dealing with the source of stress. The source of stress in my situation is unhealthy eating. In addition, coping involves three choices of action: confrontation, compromise and withdrawal. (Weber, 1991) I think the most effective way of coping with unhealthy eating is compromise. When there is a compromise, each party in the conflict, in my case it is my wife and myself, gains something and sacrifices something. My wife and I agreed that if I eat vegetables and less fat for dinner, she will watch an action or science fiction movie that I like. Compromising works when one is coping with an unhealthy…show more content…
It consists of 5 stages: pre-contemplation where one is not intending to make any changes, contemplation where one is considering a change, preparation where one is making small changes, action where a person is actively engaging in a new behavior and maintenance where one is sustaining the change over a period of time. These stages do not necessarily occur in a linear fashion, instead the behavior change is described as dynamic. In Unit 2 reading Dr. Jane Ogden (2017) mentioned, “The stages-of-change model has been applied to several health-related behaviors, such as smoking, alcohol use, exercise and screening behavior.” The stages of change model are a simple and useful approach to describe a behavior and frame ways or methods in which to alter this behavior. In my case, since I have a weak unhealthy snacking habit, it is ideal for me to form a plan using the stages of change model. I contemplate changing my unhealthy diet of snaking late at night and skipping breakfast every day. I am preparing by having a small sandwich in the morning with some orange juice and my action is to have small snacks throughout the day to prevent me from eating unhealthy late at night. I know that my challenge from the stages of change model will be maintaining the change over time. I plan to eat fewer snacks with self-regulation and pre-occupy myself with a new activity such as reading a book or
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