Date of Award
Master of Science
Overweight and obesity are particularly saient concerns for adolescents and young adults, the age group with the greatest risk of weight gain each year. The present study examined differences in behavioral economic measures of food reinforcement and delay discounting among normal weight women compared to overweight and obese adult women. Effects of symptoms of depression and ethnicity were also examined. Young adult women were given a variety of questionnaires. The current study hypothesized that overweight and obese women would rate food images as being more pleasant, discount money more steeply, have higher food-related reinforcement, and higher demand for food. Overweight and obese women discounted money more steeply. Overweight and obese women with symptoms of depression were more likely to choose food over money and were more reinforced by food-related activities. Future interventions should target changing delay-discoutning behavior and food-free reinforcement, particularly in depressed individuals.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Keating, Holly Ann, "A Behavioral Economic Analysis of Obesity Among College Women" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1508.