Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 589–604 | Cite as

Effects of dietary fat feedback on behavioral and psychological variables

  • Deborah J. Bowen
  • Elizabeth Fries
  • Helen P. Hopp


This paper reports on the immediate and delayed reactions to dietary fat consumption feedback. Subjects in our study received (1) personalized dietary fat feedback and (2) information about how to alter their fat consumption. Fat consumption was measured using a brief fat assessment instrument. Subjects were categorized into three risk groups: at or below, above, and significantly above the recommended level. Emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions were measured immediately after receiving feedback and at 1 month postfeedback. Subjects who received high fat feedback showed greater negative emotional distress in response to the feedback and stated that they knew less about high-fat foods than subjects receiving lower feedback. By the 1-month follow-up, subjects in the highest feedback condition were least likely to report intentions to lower their dietary fat. Interventions designed to alter dietary fat consumption should take into account the emotional and cognitive consequences of risk factor feedback.

Key Words

fat consumption feedback risk-factor feedback dietary behavior change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah J. Bowen
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Fries
    • 1
  • Helen P. Hopp
    • 2
  1. 1.Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterLoma Linda UniversityLoma Linda
  2. 2.School of Public HealthLoma Linda UniversityLoma Linda

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