Title

Reducing calorie and fat consumption through task clarification and individualized feedback

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Department

Psychology

Conference Title

Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis

Organization

Association for Behavior Analysis

Location

Chicago, IL

Conference Dates

May 23-27, 2008

Date of Presentation

5-26-2008

Abstract

The current study attempted to decrease daily calorie and fat consumption among college undergraduates eating at multiple university dining establishments. Task clarification and feedback were administered to 4 participants daily via electronic mail communication. Calorie and fat data were generated from a participant's purchase history via itemized receipts and food checklists from each meal. A majority of the participants benefited from their individualized dietary feedback and subsequently made healthier food selections. This study contributed to the existing literature on personalized dietary feedback and its effects food selection behavior. Specifically, it investigated the effectiveness of an efficient, non-invasive, and non incentive-based approach towards preventing unhealthy food selection behavior.

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