Welcome to my blog, Body Talk, which will explore how personality and social factors influence eating behavior. As a woman, a mother of a four-year-old, and a college professor, I'll be focusing more on issues of how such factors influence women's eating and exercise behavior, but I'll also try to find examples that relate to men (and yes, such factors DO exist -- just fewer people study them so we know less about what they are and how they work).
Here are some of the topics look forward to writing about in the weeks/months/years (?) ahead:
The consequences of having very thin images of women in the media on "average women's" body self-esteem. For example, if you average the Miss America winners over time, the composite winner has an average weight of just over 121 pounds; her height is 5 feet, 6-1/2 inches (which would translate to a pretty small BMI).
Why college women feel more ashamed buying a Snickers bar in a drugstore than buying tampons, condoms, or a pregnancy test. As one who really like chocolates, this finding really points to the pressure women feel to appear as if they aren't ever hungry in order to appear attractive and feminine.