Sex Roles

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 335–344

What is she eating? The effects of meal size on impressions of a female eater

  • Susan A. Basow
  • Diane Kobrynowicz

DOI: 10.1007/BF00289889

Cite this article as:
Basow, S.A. & Kobrynowicz, D. Sex Roles (1993) 28: 335. doi:10.1007/BF00289889


How does what a woman eats affect others' impressions of her? One hundred and thirteen male and female college students, mainly White and middle class, watched a videotape of a female student eating one of four meals that varied in size and gender connotations. Results showed that meal size significantly affected ratings of the woman's social appeal. Thus, eating lightly appears to be socially advantageous for a woman, a phenomenon that may contribute to women's high rates of eating disorders.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan A. Basow
    • 1
  • Diane Kobrynowicz
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentLafayette CollegeEaston
  2. 2.University of KansasUSA