Unhealthy Eating and Self-Perception

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Unhealthy Eating and Self-Perception Much of nutrition focuses on the individual who is responsible for picking the right foods, eating healthy, exercising, and doing what’s best for their body. Nutrition consultations are one-on-one, focused on the single person’s dietary needs and deficiencies. However most of us are a part of a larger network of people, whether it be because we’re married, work in a large office, or have a tight-knit group of friends. Who we eat with, as it turns out, has a big impact on what we eat (Delormier, Frohlich, and Potvin, 2009). The idea of eating as a social activity is nothing new, but how food choices are influenced by these social interactions may impact body image and self-esteem in the long run. Also, body mass indexes (BMI’s) and gender play into the relationship. This paper will focus on the social aspects of eating and how unhealthy eating affects body image and self-esteem.
Fast food has become an icon for inexpensive, tasty, and quick meals. In 2009, consumers in America “spent almost $600 billion at fast food restaurants” alone (Tangari, Burton, Howlett, Cho, and Thyroff, 2010, p. 2). However, most fast food is deemed unhealthy, because it is “high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium” (Tangari, Burton, Howlett, Cho, and Thyroff, 2010, p. 2). Does this stop people from eating it? Obviously not, but how do people feel after they eat it? One way that someone can evaluate their feelings about themselves, is to consider their self-esteem. According to Mellor, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, McCabe, and Ricciardelli (2010), self-esteem is “a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value” (p. 1). Critics might ask, why is this topic important and why should it be researched? Self-esteem is an important personality trait to look into, because research has shown that it is linked to serious mood and eating disorders…...

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