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From this, the transtheoretical stages of change model best suits the social and behavioral science behind eating habits. The theory has long been considered a useful interventional approach in lifestyle modification programmes. The model was originally developed for smokers that wanted to change their behavior without professional intervention. The model suggests that individuals engaging in a new behavior move through a series of stages of change. The first stage as defined by literature is identified as the precontemplation phase. This is where there is no intension to change behavior in the foreseeable future. This is as a result of lack of awareness which contributes to the lack of commitment to take action. The second stage is identified as the processes of change namely known as the pre-contemplation phase. This is where the behavior is recognized with an intension to change without active steps to do so. This is where awareness contributes to understanding of the causes and effects of the lifestyle change. Thereafter, the preparation phase is where the group contains people who are not or irregularly active but are preparing to exercise. During the action stage; this is where people who made a change in their behavior and are currently undertaking the steps into adapting the behavior as part of their lifestyles which leads to the maintenance phase where the behavior is modified and there is an uptake of the activity in one’s lifestyle.