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The effects of television viewing on restrained and unrestraind female eaters' food intake


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Longey, Jenna Ann 2010 , 'The effects of television viewing on restrained and unrestraind female eaters' food intake', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This review critically examined the literature concerning the relationship between
television viewing and food consumption in females, with reference to the current obesity
epidemic. Particular emphasis was given to individuals classified as restrained eaters,
who may be wlnerable to the influence on food intake of television viewing. An
examination of the literature comparing any differential effects on food intake of TV
shows containing neutral content versus content featuring thin-ideal female bodies was
undertaken. Finally, literature concerning female restrained and unrestrained eaters'
behavioural preference for perceived low or full fat foods was analysed. It was
concluded that television viewing is associated with increased food intake in females.
Findings concerning the influence on food consumption of neutral TV content versus
content featuring thin-ideal female bodies are, however, inconsistent. Further research
investigating the direct effect of TV viewing on female restrained and unrestrained
eaters' food consumption is warranted. Such research could assist in the development of
weight loss interventions targeting specific behaviours that increase food consumption.
Future research investigating any differential influence on females' food intake of
different types of TV content could help direct interventions, by identifying content that
may be most detrimental to females' weight management efforts.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Longey, Jenna Ann
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references

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