Equity Theory and Childhood Obesity

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Part 1 Humans tend to be social and group animals. Some anthropologists even believe that it is cohesive nature of being group animals that contributed to the eventual civilization of humanity. Because we are group animals by nature, it is typical for us to compare ourselves with others. Equity theory is a theory that helps us understand satisfaction in terms of fair or unfair distribution of resources within groups or interpersonal relationships. These resources may be monetary, emotional, intellectual, but center on the issue of how an individual perceives themselves as either under-rewarded or over-rewarded, and the stress this causes that person. Equity theory holds that the actual perception of unfairness is a significant and powerful motivating force within the workplace, and a significant barrier to intimacy in personal relationships. This tends to complicate the manner in which managers interact with employees to find ways (salary, praise, training, education, experience) to allow for the greatest possible productivity, or for interpersonal relationships to actualize (Montana and Chanrov, 2008). For the individual to perceive themselves as being treated fairly, that individual must believe that the ratio of his inputs to his outcomes to be equivalent to those around him. If everything were equal, then, it would be acceptable for a more senior colleague to be paid more, since that person contributes greater value in experience. As individuals, we constantly make
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