Eating behaviors as predictors of satisfaction with food related life
Objective: To identify how different eating behaviours are correlated, and to analyse which behaviour is a true predictor of food satisfaction while comparing the pattern in gender behaviours.
Methods: The correlational study was conducted at the Department of Humanities, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan, from January to May, 2019, and comprised adult individuals of both genders from different universities and food outlets located in Islamabad. Data was collected using the adult eating behaviour questionnaire and satisfaction with food-related life scale. Data was analysed using SPSS version 25.
Results: Of the 430 subjects, 183(42.5%) males and 247(57.4%) were females. All subscales of the adult eating behaviour questionnaire were correlated positively with the satisfaction with food-related life scale scale except for satiety responsiveness which showed negative correlation (r=-0.07). Enjoyment of food, food responsiveness and hunger subscales acted as true predictors of satisfaction with food-related life with correlation values of 0.37, 0.38 and 0.33 respectively. Significant difference was found across gender only on satiety responsiveness (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Increase in enjoyment of food, food responsiveness and hunger were found to increase satisfaction with food-related life.
Key Words: Eating behaviours, Satisfaction with food-related life, Satiety responsiveness, Enjoyment of food