Topical Area: Obesity, Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism
Objectives : To determine if primating participants with health messages affect snacking behavior.
Eighty-two undergraduate students participated in two 20 minute “Focus Groups” to discuss general health or college career services. Each session occurred on the same day of the week spaced one week apart. A bowl of chocolate was pre-weighed and set before them and the amount of chocolate participants ate was recorded after each focus group. The first week, half the subjects discussed overall college health and the other half of the subjects discussed college career services. The same subjects returned the following week and the conditions were reversed.
Results : The results indicated that when the participants discussed health topics the consumption of the snack was significantly less than when they discussed career services.
Conclusions : These data complement other data from our laboratory indicating the powerful effect of verbal primes on eating behavior.
Funding Sources : Funds were provided by the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.