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“I feel good and I am not overweight”: A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets

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“I feel good and I am not overweight” : A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets. / Sørensen, Mette Rosenlund; Holm, Lotte.

I: Appetite, Bind 107, 2016, s. 135-143.

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Sørensen, MR & Holm, L 2016, '“I feel good and I am not overweight”: A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets', Appetite, bind 107, s. 135-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.032

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Sørensen, M. R., & Holm, L. (2016). “I feel good and I am not overweight”: A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets. Appetite, 107, 135-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.032

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Sørensen MR, Holm L. “I feel good and I am not overweight”: A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets. Appetite. 2016;107:135-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.07.032

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Sørensen, Mette Rosenlund ; Holm, Lotte. / “I feel good and I am not overweight” : A qualitative study of considerations underlying lay people's self-assessments of unhealthy diets. I: Appetite. 2016 ; Bind 107. s. 135-143.

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