The Awareness of Obesity: Is There a Myth on Body Weight and Diet?

Safhari Dixon and Dazya Mitchell; Dr. Fang-Yi Flora Wei, Mass Media Arts Department, Clark Atlanta University, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Approximately 8 million adults in the U.S. do not eat meat, poultry or fish, according to the 2016 National Harris Poll published by the Vegetarian Resource Group. About one-half of vegetarians are also vegans. Most of times, we also believe that female consumers are healthy eaters than their counterparts because females usually take the charge in grocery shopping for the family.  Before lunching a health diet campaign, we would like to test whether gender and different eating styles may potentially affect participants’ body weight. 

Participants (N =120) were adults between the age range of 18 and 47 (M = 3.16, SD = .63) who were recruited from a university to participate in a survey study. Participants participated in the anonymous survey voluntarily.  An Independent-sample t-Test was conducted to see if there is a difference between male and female’s awareness of healthy eating habits. Statistically, there was no significance between females (M = 3.169, SD= .632) and male (M = 3.195, SD = .833) of healthy eating habits [t(115) = -.195, p > 0.5], meaning that healthy eating habits are not affected by gender.  A one-way between groups analysis of variance was conducted to explore the difference among regular meat eaters, vegetarian, and vegans with respect to their self-rated body weight. The results also showed that there is no statistically significant difference for the three groups [F(3,116) =2.41, p > .05]. Interestingly, although our study found no significant difference in the hypothesis testing, the findings break down the myth that meat eaters’ weight should be heavier than vegetarians and vegans.  In a healthy diet campaign, we believe that we should promote the balance in nutrition rather than a sole eating style.           

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Safhari Dixon, Dazya Mitchell

Institution: Clark Atlanta University

Type: Poster

Subject: Communications

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 4
Date/Time: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Number: 3656