Published On: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

Childhood socioeconomic status has impact on eating patterns


A Recent research study has revealed that childhood socioeconomic status can have an impact on an individual’s food choices when he/she become adults, adding that growing up poor has a long-term impact on eating patterns.

Sarah Hill from the Texas Christian University in the US stated that “Our research finds that growing up poor promotes eating in the absence of hunger in adulthood, regardless of one’s adult socioeconomic status,”

The results of the research study disclosed that a person’s developmental history can perform a central part in their connection with food and weight management, exposing those from lesser socioeconomic status (SES) environments more at risk to unhealthy weight gain.

The findings showed that people with higher childhood SES ate more when the need was elevated than when the need was low. This connection was not observed amid those with lower childhood SES. Individuals with lower childhood SES eat evaluated high amounts of food whether their current energy need was high or low.

A lot of individuals are having problems with obesity weight management, social and personality psychologists are at the front position of considering the psychological inspirations for healthy food options and eating patterns.

An additional study from the similar research tells that serving order and labels persuade healthy eating.

The research study discovered that adults react well to healthy signs instead of the word ‘healthy’. Traci Mann and her lab at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in the US, states that “The word ‘healthy’ appears to ramp people, mainly when it seems on foods that are clearly healthy. The clever health message, for example, the healthy heart sign, appeared to be much useful for directing people to decide a healthy option,”

To know how people reacted to framing healthy food choices, the researchers conducted field studies by giving adults with a variety of snacks.

In the initial research study almost 400 adults, 65 per cent took an apple, rather than candy, if the healthy heart mark was on the sign, but just 45 percent took an apple if the word ‘healthy’ was on the sign. In the second research study of almost 300 adults, 20 per cent took carrots, rather than chips, if a sign told ‘healthy’, and 30 percent took carrots if the sign had a healthy heart symbol on it.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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