The interrelationship between self-oriented perfectionism, social media, body image and motivations for food choice

Project Details

Description

Statement of Contribution:

What is already known on this subject?
Individuals with self-oriented perfectionism (SOP) who have high levels of social media engagement are more likely to experience body dissatisfaction.
Individuals with SOP are more likely to monitor weight and follow rigid food routines to minimise calorie intake.
Social Media Use (SMU) and body image concerns (BIC) correlate with unhealthy eating behaviours such as diet control and fasting.

What does this study add?
SMU is a significant mediating variable in the relationship between SOP and health motivation for food choice.
SOP has a significant effect on health motivation and weight control motivation for food choice.
SMU is a significant predictor of mood motivations for food choice and weight control motivations for food choice.

Key findings

Self Oriented Perfectionism (SOP) was found to be a significant mediating variable between weight phobia and weight control motivation for food choice. Social Media Use was also a significant mediator in the relationship between SOP and health motivation for food choice.

Although the moderation models overall were insignificant, they did identify that SMU was a significant predictor variable for mood and weight control motivations for food choice. Body image concerns (BIC) were also a significant predicting variable for weight control motivations for food choice.
Short titlePsychological factors of motivation for food choice
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date30/09/2018/06/21

Keywords

  • self oriented perfectionism
  • body image
  • social media
  • food choice
  • motivation