Diet and Weight-Loss / Food & Eating / September 17, 2014

Freshman Women Can Eat Healthier

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Freshman Women Lack Confidence to Eat Healthy

According to researchers at the University of Illinois, “Female college freshmen understand the benefits of eating healthy foods and know which foods they should include in their diets. But they lack confidence in their ability to act on that knowledge, especially when it comes to getting enough calcium.”

Feeling confident that you can change a behavior is one of the single biggest predictors that you will be able to change. It’s called “self-efficacy” ­ the belief in your ability to “organize and execute” whatever behavior you would like to modify. It’s the confidence that we can attain what we want ­ and it’s especially important if you want to control your weight.


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