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Social Influences on Eating: Analyzed by the Mandometer and Questionnaire

Hurst, Kim (2023) Social Influences on Eating: Analyzed by the Mandometer and Questionnaire. Master's Research Project 2, Biomedical Sciences.


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The social facilitation of eating, eating more with friends, has been investigated before but often with food diaries, which can be biased. When eating with strangers, some studies suggest there is no change in food intake and others suggest a social inhibition of eating. The Mandometer is a scale that can measure eating behaviour objectively; specifically, intake, eating duration and the speed of eating. This study’s primary objective was to investigate the differences in eating behaviour when eating alone compared to eating with a friend or eating with a stranger. 50 participants were recruited and ate alone. Of those 50, 33 participated in the friend experiment and 48 participated in the stranger experiment. To assess the differences in eating behaviour in each of these conditions, a Mandometer was used. In addition, a questionnaire with some questions from the Mindful Eating Questionnaire was used to assess eating behaviour. It was hypothesized that eating with another person would change participants’ eating behaviour compared to when they ate alone. Additionally, the relationship with the other person, a friend or a stranger, was also hypothesized to result in differing eating behaviours. It was expected that duration would increase when eating with another person and intake was expected to increase when eating with a friend. It was also expected that there would be sex differences as males are known to eat more than females.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Research Project 2)
Supervisor name: Scheurink, A.J.W.
Degree programme: Biomedical Sciences
Thesis type: Master's Research Project 2
Language: English
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2023 14:46
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 14:46

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