This study investigated whether people monitor their eating behaviors based on levels of attraction, gender, and self-esteem. Participants included a sample of 60 undergraduates (30 men) and 90% were Caucasian. Due to incomplete answers, data from only 58 participants were assessed. Participants completed a survey that contained questions relating to monitoring of one's eating behaviors on the ABGOP Eating Behavior Scale and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Results showed a strong correlation between being in the presence of someone whom the participant finds attractive and monitoring of eating behaviors. Results also indicated that women were more likely to engage in monitoring behaviors than men. Contrary to expectations, no relationship between self-esteem and monitoring behaviors was found.
Anastos, Alexandra N.; Bullock, Meghan E.; Gorman, Hannah E.; O'Reilly, Erin L.; and Pandolfino, Angela E.
"Examining Eating Behaviors Among Undergraduate Students,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences: Vol. 16
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol16/iss1/5