An Ecological Perspective on Older Adult Eating Behavior Chapter uri icon


  • Key Points: An ecological perspective is a useful conceptual framework that takes into account multiple levels of influence that affect eating behavior of older adults. Eating behavior of older adults is influenced simultaneously by intrapersonal (i.e., individual characteristics), interpersonal (i.e., interpersonal processes and primary groups), institutional (i.e., norms and structures), community (i.e., social networks and norms), and public policy factors (local, state, and federal policies and laws). Addressing these multiple factors is key to effectively implementing nutritional interventions.

author list (cited authors)

  • Locher, J. L., & Sharkey, J. R.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Bales, W. C., & Ritchie, S. C.

Book Title

  • Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging

publication date

  • January 1, 2009 11:11 AM