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The present study has measured, by self-report, factors that affect food choice in the college-aged female population and the relationship between these factors and perceived body image. A review of the literature reveals that health, appearance, cost, time and availability all serve as influential factors in this population’s food choices, but the literature does not investigate the relationship between comparing the variables of food choice and body image. This correlational study employed a survey research design with Likert-scaled questions to gain insight regarding food choice in seventy-five undergraduate students. The main findings suggest that the target population based food consumption primarily on its consideration of physical appearance and that the four food choice factors, appearance, cost, time/availability and health, were negatively correlated with body image. Implications are considered, primarily concerning the generalizability of this study and suggestions for further research in this field of study.

Publisher

Providence College

Date

Spring 2011

Type

Article

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Language

English



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