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Satter Eating Competence Model (ecSatter)

Ellyn Satter Institute

ecSatter is an intra-individual approach to eating and food-related attitudes and behaviors that entrains positive bio-psychosocial outcomes.  ecSatter addresses eating attitudes and behaviors, internal regulation of intake, food acceptance, and skills related to selecting, preparing, and planning meals.

Follow links to learn more and view resources:

Click to learn more about eating competence from Barbara Lohse’s presentation at the June 2014 SNEB conference. →

To see how eating competence has an evidence base, click here to
download slidesPDF of Presentation Materials

Evidence Base of Satter Eating Competence Model—Click to view webinar.

The Joy of Eating: Being a Competent Eater—Click to view 1-page description of eating competence. →

More specifically ecSatter encourages you to feel positive about your eating, to be reliable about feeding yourself, to eat food you enjoy, to eat enough to feel satisfied and to let your body weigh what it will in accordance with your genetic endowment.

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Ellyn Satter Institute

Click to discover how Eating Competence helps women overcome guilt and enjoy eating.

Evidence-based Research

Research shows eating competence to be associated with higher diet quality, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a healthier lifestyle including reporting more physical activity. Supportive articles and publications are listed below.

Lohse B, Arnold K, Wamboldt P.

Evaluation of About Being Active, an online lesson about physical activity shows that perception of being physically active is higher in eating competent low-income women. BMC Womens Health. 2013 Mar 13;13(1):12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23496893 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Lohse B, Cunningham-Sabo, L.

Eating Competence of Hispanic Parents Is Associated with Attitudes and Behaviors That May Mediate Fruit and Vegetable-Related Behaviors of 4th Grade Youth. J Nutr. 2012;142:1903-1909.

Lohse B, Bailey R, Krall J, Wall D, Mitchell DC.

Diet quality is related to eating competence in low-income females in Pennsylvania. Appetite. 2012;58(2):645-650.

Krall JS, Lohse B.

Validation of a measure of the Satter eating competence model with low-income females. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011;8:26. Doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-26.

Greene GW, Schembre SM, White AA, Hoerr SL, Lohse B, Shoff S, Horacek T, Riebe D, Patterson J, Phillips BW, Kattelmann KK, Blissmer B.

Identifying clusters of college students at elevated health risk based on eating and exercise behaviors and psychosocial determinants of body weight. J Amer Diet Assoc.

Lohse B, Psota T, Estruch R, Zazpe I, Sorli JV, Salas-SalvadóJ, Serra M, Krall JS, Márquez F, Ros E.

Eating Competence of Elderly Spanish Adults Is Associated with a Healthy Diet and a Favorable Cardiovascular Disease Risk Profile. J Nutr. 2010;140:1322-1327.

Krall JS, Lohse B.

Cognitive testing with female nutrition and education assistance program participants informs content validity of the Satter Eating Competence Inventory.
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010;42(4):277-283.

Stotts J, Lohse B.

Interviews with low-income Pennsylvanians verify a need for education about eating competence. J Amer Diet Assoc. 2009;109(3): 468-473.

Psota TL, Lohse B, West SG.

“Associations between eating competence and cardiovascular disease biomarkers” J Nutr Educ Behav, 2007;39(5S):S171-S178.

Psota T, Lohse B, Kris-Etherton P.

Repeated measures of eating competence over a 12-month nutrition education program revealed rebound following early decline:  Implications for interventions planned to enhance eating competence. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, Experimental Biology. Boston, MA; April 9, 2013. FASEB J. 2013:27:626.6.


Lohse, B, Arnold, K.

Measuring Eating Competence: Congruence between Two Satter Inventories Supports Supplanting the Original Version with the Low-Income Adaptation. Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Philadelphia, PA: October 6-9, 2012.  J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(9 Suppl3):A63.

Lohse B, Cunningham-Sabo L.

Eating competent low-income parents model eating behaviors associated with reducing risk of child obesity. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, Experimental Biology. Washington, DC; April 10, 2011. FASEB J. 2011;25:596.1.

link to parent poster

Lohse B, Vanden Heuvel J, Krall JS, Kattelmann K, White A, Greene G.

Eating competence is related to PPARb/d and PGC-1a genotypes. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, Experimental Biology. Washington, DC; April 10, 2011.
FASEB J. 2011;25:605.2.

link to genotype poster