Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nutrition and Food Sciences

First Advisor

Geoffrey W. Greene

Abstract

Objective: The purpose if this study was to evaluate the acceptability and short term impacts of an online educational module focusing on processed foods and explore the relationships between food addiction and related eating behaviors.

Methods: This single-group study used the Instructional Materials Motivation Survey (IMMS) to evaluate the module, MANOVA to assess knowledge, decisional balance, and self-efficacy change pre and post module, and multiple regression to assess variable contributions to the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) score.

Results: The module was rated positively (> 3.5) on the IMMS. Participants significantly increased knowledge, decisional balance pros, and self-efficacy. Baseline decisional balance pros, self-efficacy, external eating, and internal regulation accounted for 28% of the variance in YFAS score.

Conclusions and Implications: The module was positively evaluated and associated with an increase in knowledge and improved attitudes. Future interventions may benefit from addressing variables associated with food addictive tendencies to reduce processed food consumption.

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