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Movie violence acutely affects food choices in young adults

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dc.contributor.author Mattar, Lama
dc.contributor.author Farran, Natali
dc.contributor.author Abi Kharma, Joelle
dc.contributor.author Zeeni, Nadine
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-09T10:08:57Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-09T10:08:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1873-7358 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/11854
dc.description.abstract Background Extensive research has been conducted to investigate the effects of media violence on attitudes, behaviors, and cardiovascular health; however, only few studies have examined its effect on appetite, eating behavior and food preferences. Little attention has been given to understand how movie genre manipulates the physiology and the eating behavior of individuals. The present study aimed at investigating the acute effect of violence content in movies on appetite perception, heart rate and blood pressure, along with food preferences and intake in young individuals. Methods Participants (n = 84) were randomly assigned to either watch a violent movie or a non-violent narrative movie. Measurements including anthropometry, heart rate, blood pressure and grip strength were taken and appetite as well as stress perception were assessed. Subjects were then provided with an individual snack tray containing various items to be consumed ad libitum. Results Post intervention, the experimental group (EG) had a higher consumption of fatty (t (82) = 2.28, p = 0.025, d = 1.52) and salty (t (82) = 2.61, p = 0.01, d = 0.71) food items compared to the control group (CG). Out of the 42 participants in the EG 62% consumed >2 fatty items and 71.4% consumed >2 salty food items. No significant difference in the consumption of sugary items was observed between the two groups. Conclusion Movie violence affects eating behavior and may promote weight gain. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Movie violence acutely affects food choices in young adults en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201306205 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201205636 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201000400 en_US
dc.author.department Natural Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Eating Behaviors en_US
dc.journal.volume 33 en_US
dc.article.pages 7-12 en_US
dc.keywords Violence en_US
dc.keywords Eating behavior en_US
dc.keywords Appetite en_US
dc.keywords Food choice en_US
dc.keywords Stress en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.02.002 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Mattar, L., Farran, N., Kharma, J. A., & Zeeni, N. (2019). Movie violence acutely affects food choices in young adults. Eating behaviors, 33, 7-12. en_US
dc.author.email lama.mattar@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email joelle.abikharma@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email nadine.zeeni@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471015318302538#! en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8813-1798 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1747-6016 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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