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People eat not because of hunger but the psychological and emotional perspectives of different person. The psychological factors are mainly based on the experience, attitude, beliefs, values, habits, emotion and self concept of reasons why people select a certain amount of food they choose to intake. It is a fact proven that the surveys that were processed, it shows that people select food for many reasons not because they are hungry. Year 11 Food Technology class has gathered up information to research the topic of ???we don??™t just eat because we are hungry???.
Over viewing the surveys that were collected the Year 11 Food Technology class has discovered many different perspectives of many people of different ages and gender. This investigation was made to prove the thesis statement; people don??™t eat because of hunger but the emotional perspectives of each different person. Overall the main finding that Year 11 Food Technology class has discovered was that the psychological factors influence the people??™s perspectives of food and eating habits. As a result people don??™t eat food just because they are hungry but the psychological factors make them eat.
Experience is a psychological factor which can change a person??™s eating habits. Every individual has unique likes and dislikes towards food. These preferences develop overtime. The preferences are influenced by the past personal experiences that change a person??™s eating habits or has been kept the same. In the survey that year 11 food technology class has gathered many people had bad experiences with food being off, not properly cooked, and allergies towards certain foods. This effects people choices as they will be convinced to not eat it again or a long period of times such as someone with eating mash potatoes they had a bad experience and have not eaten potatoes until twenty years later. This proves that after an unpleasant experience with food, you think that the experience would repeat and a person can change over food mentally and physically.
The attitudes is a way a person views, behave, reacts towards the food after the experience, smell and texture of the food.-1 Attitude is linked with past experiences since that if you had a bad experience with a food your attitude will change negatively and you would not want to eat that food again. Attitudes includes peoples emotion with food and what views they have of that food. For example, in the survey 56% of people strongly disagreed of enjoying eating kidneys as it made them feel sick, disgusting, texture and smells are just off giving it a negative attitude. However 67% of people strongly agreed of eating ice-cream as it taste nice and sweet giving it a positive attitude.
The beliefs are what people have known and grew up believing through experience, religion or cultural heritage and superstitions. Values play a role in beliefs however beliefs can be questioned and changed but values remain fixed. Beliefs can be restricted and have different customs on what they can and can??™t eat. Buddhists are partially vegetarian because red meat qualifies them as murderers, in other words ???killing God??™s creation???. They restrict themselves into eating fish, eggs and dairy products. On the other hand, Hindus are raised to believe that red meat is a sacred creature to their people. As their attitudes were originally imposed to protect people from diseases related to poor food safety and hygiene -2. Beliefs may also be food fallacies which is false information for example in the survey people wrote a fallacies that an apple a day keeps the doctors away. This belief are commonly held from parents so that the children would would eat apples to keep healthy.

Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011, pg 30
Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011, pg 30

The values influence behaviours and motivate actions, most likely influencing choices related to food origins and the maintenance of health and a deep personal feeling about what is important.-3 For example of a persons value is a vegetarian as they respect the rights of all living things to exist in peace, free from pain.-4 Finding the thought of killing and eating an animal is wrong. However in the survey no one wrote they were a vegetarian so their values is that eating meat is perfectly fine. Values are a personal response to what you have experienced or feel about certain foods.
A habit is something that we do regularly without thinking. Food habits vary from one culture to another and sometimes from one subculture to another. This happens because as each group evolves it sets up its own complex pattern of standardised behaviors. Our food habits may be classified as either good or poor depending on the type of quantity of food we eat.-5 Eating habits includes the amount of food they eat, how they eat it, what must be included and what must not be included. For example, in the year 11 survey many people chose sweets, ice-cream to chips that they eat out of habit, maybe because it is small and convenient for them to eat on their breaks. Also other people eat pasta, fruits, bread out of habit. This shows that everyone has different habits.

Many people use food as a means of relieving emotional stress. This means for some people they reject food until the time of stress is over, for others it means they gain comfort from eating specific foods and may overeat when anxious.-6 People who consume comfort foods tend to select foods with a high-energy value such as chocolate and sweets makes the person gain happiness and overcome depression and even period pains. In the survey 29 out of 40 people chose eating sweet food is for comfort and some others wrote fast food. This shows that Every person has their own sweet tooth, how much sugar they can handle or how much they can intake based on how they feel. It may be that the sugar, fat and caffeine in these foods act as a stimulant and restore flagging energy levels or it could just be a pleasant experience. -7

Self-concept is an idea of the self constructed from the beliefs one holds about oneself and the responses of others -8 and the way we see out personal appearance including the size, shape and weight of our body. -9 For example messages presented by the media: idealised images for both females and males makes us feel unattractive. How the person sees themselves, the self esteem makes the person eat more or eat less these are laso people. The way they see themselves as fat or too skinny. They eat more to gain more, or they eat less to lose more. Either way, its basically meaning, the food habits of how they have self-concept. In the survey many people listed salads, vegetables and fruits as a food they considered to be healthy. This means that the people in the survey feels that they are aware and see??™s themselves as healthy.

People do not eat because they are hungry but because of the psychological and emotion perspectives of each person. The psychological factors are mainly based on the experience, attitude, beliefs, values, habits, emotion and self concept of reasons why people select a certain amount of food they choose to intake either good or bad. The importance of the research is to explain that people do not just eat because they are hungry, there are many other reasons for people to choose to eat.

Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011, pg 29
Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011, pg 29
Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011, pg 30
Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011. pg 31
Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011. pg 31
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Food Technology in action 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia. 2011. pg 31

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