Effects of visual presentation of caloric values on food buying by normal and obese persons

Percept Mot Skills. 1976 Feb;42(1):155-62. doi: 10.2466/pms.1976.42.1.155.


The effects of the visual presentation of the caloric values of food on the food buying behavior of 450 normal, overweight, and obese female subjects were studied, in a cafeteria setting. The caloric signs significantly decreased the total number of calories bought across all three weight groups. No differences were found among the three weight groups, either in the effect of the presentation of the caloric signs or in the total number of calories bought. The implications of these results were discussed, both in terms of present-day research on obesity as well as in terms of a large scale modification of eating behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Body Weight
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Cues
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Food Labeling*
  • Humans
  • Obesity*
  • Visual Perception*