Early Speculation Regarding Weight Conscientiousness And The Estimation Of Calories

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Summary Early speculation regarding weight conscientiousness and the estimation of calories in a meal suggested that those with more concern over their weight status would be more likely to correctly guess the amount of calories in a given meal. However, Chernev presents an experiment conducted surrounding the “dieter’s paradox,” a concept that describes how those who more closely monitor their weight are often most susceptible to overestimating the power of adding one healthy item to an overall unhealthy meal. It has been documented that when paired with a single “virtue,” or healthy food, a “vice,” or unhealthy meal will become overall healthier for consumption. The researcher anticipated to gain results demonstrating the dieter’s paradox to the effect that those with more weight concern would underestimate the calories in a meal when, overall, it is unhealthy, but it has been paired with one healthy option, in comparison to the calories that are in only the unhealthy choice on its own. Nine-hundred and forty-three, mostly female participants were enrolled into the study. Of these, the majority of individuals fell between twenty-one to forty years of age. Approximately half of the participants were shown four meals online that included only relatively unhealthy items, while the others were shown the same series of meals with a healthy option also pictured. With each change, the participants were asked to give a quantitative estimate of calories in the pictured meal. Once values had been placed on each of the items, participants were asked to provide how concerned with their weight they were on a 1-5 Likert-type rating scale. In addition to these participants, one group of eighty individuals was enlisted to evaluate the calorie ... ... middle of paper ... ...dividuals in the country have with food. Early intervention is a key factor to being successful in preventing both eating disorders as well as overeating relating to overweight status. If children are taught healthy strategies to listen to their satiety cues and know the actual nutritional value of the food they are putting in their bodies, it can be hypothesized that the dysfunctional relationships with food would decrease, significantly. Obesity and eating disorders can both be heavily influenced by observation of parental habits. The discussion of virtues and vices in Chernev’s article relates directly to the previous research on how parenting styles take impact on eating habits. Restriction of food groups in childhood may lead to the categorization of food groups in adulthood that is maladaptive to the accurate representation of nutrition that occurs as a result.

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