Factors Influencing Eating Behavior

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  • Created on: 08-06-15 18:07

MOOD

BASIC PREMISE:

  • Research has suggested that food preferences aren't always determined by biolgical factors 
  • Instead it is believed that there are multiple reasons that can influence our eating behaviour
  • An example of this is mood 
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Garg AO1

  • Garg demonstrated how mood can influence our food preferences and intake 
  • His findings suggested that "happy" people were more likely to avoid mood threatening foods (such as popcorn)
  • In comparisson to this "sad" people were more likelyto indulge in these food and overeat them as they percieved them to be mood uplifting 
  • Therefore suggesting that our mood is extremely influencial in eating behaviour and depressed individuals are more likely to overeat 
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Wegner AO2

Looked at students with bulima nervosa and asked them to record their eating patterns and mood over a two week period 

They found that prior to a binge, students were more likely to experience negative feelings compared to when they didn't binge 

Therefore suggesting mood is influential in eating behaviour and can explain why some people may develop eating disorders

AO3 - STUDENTS - POP VALIDITY 

AO3 - SELF-REPORT - SOCIAL DESIREABILITY - DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS 

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CULTURE AO1

It's also believed that culture can also influence eating behaviour

Suggesting certain contexual factors, such as class background, were also responsible for eating patterns

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Goole AO1

  • Demonstrated a link between eating behaviour and class
  • Found a pos correlation between income and healthy eating
  • Suggested weathlier were more likely to consume healthier foods as they have a greater desire to be thin
  • Therefore indicating social backgrounds are also significant in eating behaviours 
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Stefansson AO2

  • Found some remote tribes disliked the taste of sugar and were repulsed by it
  • this may be due to how they are an isolated tribe and mainly diet on roots 
  • Therefore we can indicate that culture is influencial as it shapes our eatig patterns and suggest their isnt a univeral preference for sugar 
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Ball and Kenardy AO2

  • Conveyed a study on women from differant ethnic backgrounds in Australia 
  • Found that the longer the women had been in Australia the more likely they were to develop eating patterns similiar to women who lived in Australia 
  • Therefore, this supports that culture does influence eating behaviour

AO3 - WOMEN - GENDER BIAS

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IDAs

  • REDUCTIONISM
  • DETERMINISM 
  • GENDER BIAS 
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