Navigation Links
Does seeing overweight people make us eat more?
Date:4/19/2011

Consumers will choose and eat more indulgent food after they see someone who is overweightunless they consciously think about their health goals, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

"Why do people often think back on a pleasant evening with friends and realize that they ate more and worse food than they wish they had?" ask authors Margaret C. Campbell (Leeds School of Business) and Gina S. Mohr (University of Colorado, Boulder). If any of those friends carry a few extra pounds, just being in their presence could trigger what the authors call a "negative stereotype."

The research suggests that merely seeing someone who is strongly associated with an undesirable behavior leads to surprising increases in the behavior. "Seeing someone overweight leads to a temporary decrease in a person's own felt commitment to his or her health goal," the authors explain.

In one study, researchers asked people who were walking through a lobby if they would take a quick survey. The surveys had photos of an overweight person, a person of normal weight, or a lamp. After completing the survey, the researchers asked respondents to help themselves from a bowl of candy as a thank you. "People who completed the survey that included a picture of someone who was overweight took more candies on average than people who saw either of the other two pictures," the authors write.

In subsequent studies, people who were invited to do a cookie taste test ate twice as many cookies or candy after seeing someone who was overweight. This was true even if the participants had a goal to maintain a healthy weight and believed that cookies and candy can lead to weight problems.

Two main strategies served to counteract people's tendency to overeat when in the presence of overweight individuals: thinking about health goals and being reminded of the link between eating and becoming overweight.

Because weight problems can spread through social networks, the authors have advice for people who are concerned about overindulging. "Thinking about personal health goals and reminding oneself of the undesirable effects of eating indulgent food at the time of possible consumption can help people avoid eating too much," the authors conclude.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary-Ann Twist
JCR@bus.wisc.edu
608-255-5582
University of Chicago Press Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Seeing Letter F May Lower Test Scores
2. Merely seeing disease symptoms may promote aggressive immune response
3. Seeing Others Scratch Can Trigger Your Own Itch
4. Overweight middle-aged adults at greater risk for cognitive decline in later life
5. Nemours Data Show Childhood Overweight and Obesity Leveling Off in Delaware
6. 2 Drugs Fail to Prevent Diabetes in the Overweight
7. Perception: Skinny people arent lazy but overweight people are
8. Forecasting rates of overweight
9. Overweight Younger Adults as Healthy as Normal-Weight Peers?
10. Pediatricians can help parents recognize overweight preschoolers
11. Overweight American children and adolescents becoming fatter
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/20/2017)... , ... February 20, 2017 , ... Researchers at the ... cancer, as well as a marker that may predict response to a particular class ... other types of cancer as well. The new findings were published in Proceedings of ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... announced Biscom Document Router (BDR), the first IoT device from Biscom designed to ... imaging. Biscom will debut BDR at HIMSS17 and will be conducting ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2017 , ... ReportingMD, a Population Health Software Company, is ... of the company. The new location will triple the size of the previous location ... the town of Sunapee, NH. , “We are excited to expand our footprint ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... ... Chuck E. Cheese’s® and Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) recently announced ... throughout New England, New York and New Jersey to provide children with autism spectrum ... Chuck E. Cheese’s in a sensory-friendly environment. , After a successful pilot run ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... February 19, 2017 , ... The ... evening undergraduate nursing students, is being led by Amelia Joseph, Ph.D. Joseph was engaged ... initial operations of the nursing department in early 2016. After a nation-wide search, she ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... Fla. , Feb. 20, 2017 Seal ... its health IT solution for mobile device management and ... 2017 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, ... #4444. Mobile devices have become commonplace in ... comes a new set of concerns, including the disinfection ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Trends - Product (RFID refrigerators and RFID freezers), Application (Diagnostic centers, ... their offering. ... The Global RFID Blood Refrigerator and Freezer Market is poised to ... This industry report analyzes the global markets for ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... FRANCISCO , February 20, 2017 ... expected to reach USD 58.4 billion by 2025, ... Research, Inc. The market is driven by technological ... serve future growth opportunities to the market. For ... with an aim of identifying emerging viruses and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: