Personal Values, Vanity, Physical Health, and Perceived Body Image Influences in Food-Purchasing and Consumption Decisions

  • Barry O’Mahony
  • John Hall


While weight, health, diet, and exercise receive constant media and governmental attention, relatively little is known about the influence of body image in the food consumption process. Moreover, there is general consensus within the literature that the factors that influence consumption behavior can have a different impact on different consumer groups. Body image, for example, is perceived to be a modulating force in the consumption behavior of young women. As a result, there is a need for an empirically based understanding of the factors that influence food-purchasing and consumption behavior among this group. Studies have investigated the links between perceived body image and food-purchasing behavior. In 18- to 30-year-old women, it has been shown that personal values, vanity, physical health, and perceived body image were major factors of influence in the purchasing and consumption decisions of this group. It was also identified that respondents across these studies engaged in healthy and unhealthy consumption practices in order to achieve their perceived body image ideals.


Body Image Body Shape Physical Appearance Consumption Behavior Consumption Decision 
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List of values (a list or scale of questions developed by Kahle (1983) to identify the influence of personal values on behavior)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Hospitality, Tourism and MarketingVictoria UniversityMelbourne CityAustralia

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