Evidence of query theory as a tool to assist restrained eaters

Sudy Majd, Mark A. Conley, Elke U. Weber

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Using theories from decision- making and behavioral economics, we conducted a study to improve understanding of the decisions of Restrained Eaters. We identified Restrained Eaters via the Revised Restraint Questionnaire. Methods: One hundred two (N = 102) participants were each randomly assigned to an endowment condition and asked to list their thoughts about 2 products. Results: We found a significant interaction of endowment and thoughts on decisions. Research findings suggest the behavior of Restrained Eaters depends upon both endowment and thoughts, and that they exert self-control beyond food decisions. Conclusions: This work suggests decisions Restrained Eaters make can be manipulated via endowment and how they are instructed to structure their thoughts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology


  • Decision making
  • Eating behaviors
  • Intervention
  • Restrained Eater


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