The Corelation between Eating Disorders and Social Desirability Bias

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These societal norms may cause conformation since individuals will tend to present themselves in a favourable manner irrespective of their true feelings or actual behaviour. Individuals may under-report those activities which are socially or culturally undesirable and over-report those activities which are socially or culturally desirable. (Ganster, Hennessey and Luthans, 1983).

Recent research has shown strong correlation between eating disorders and social desirability bias. A study by James R. Hebert and his colleagues not only illustrates the importance of social desirability bias in dietary intake but also looks at it from a scientific standpoint. Mass media plays an important role in shaping the lives of the people from creating awareness to help in developing a better standard of living. However an attempt to create a better life style or a good standard of living may not always be received positively by the masses. For example: Viewing health related programmes on television or reading articles in a magazine may create a negative schema about oneself followed by a desire to look in a way that is well accepted by the society which may be accompanied by decreased food intake thus leading to an unhealthy lifestyle.

A study by James R Hebert…
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