Picture Yourself Healthy—How Users Select Mediated Images to Shape Health Intentions and Behaviors

Brianna Wilson, Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, Melissa J. Robinson

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Abstract

Hypotheses on how selective viewing of mediated images may sustain eating habits and aid healthier eating were derived from the Selective Exposure Self- and Affect Management model. The model posits that individuals select to view media to manage their self-concepts—and that this exposure affects subsequent intentions and behaviors. Participants (N = 265) selectively viewed Instagram-like postings featuring healthy or unhealthy food imagery. Beforehand, participants reported habits and perceived expert recommendations regarding food intake. After viewing postings, participants chose gift cards representing healthy or unhealthy food purchases and indicated food intake intentions. Results show that existing eating behavior predicts selective exposure to healthy or unhealthy food imagery, which in turn shapes gift card choices and (both healthy and unhealthy) food intake intentions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)838-847
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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