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Parham, Ellen S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Home Economics


Hunger; Obesity


The purpose of this study was to test the validity of previous reports that the degree of obesity is directly related to sensitivity to external cues to hunger. Three external variables — taste, social grouping, and influence condition, and the interaction between these and body weight rare tested. Fourteen obese subjects, 14 subjects who were ten percent overweight, and 14 normal weight high school females were given two brands of potato chips and asked to rate them. Half of the subjects were assigned to an influence condition where they were encouraged to eat a lot, and half to a no influence condition. Each subject was tested alone and in a group. No significant relationship was found between the external variables and the amount of potato chips consumed. There was no evidence in this study to indicate that overweight individuals were more responsive to external cues than normal weight persons. Both normal and obese subjects were influenced by the presence of others.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 53 pages




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