The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Effects of Stress and Body Type on Hunger Levels


Undergraduate students were tested to examine the effects of a stressful situation and body type on hunger levels. Twenty-eight participants were randomly presented with a booklet containing either a stressful or neutral story, and were instructed to read the story and complete the subsequent questionnaire. From the questionnaire, each participant's body mass index (BMI) was calculated, along with a hunger level which was derived from the 7-point Likert Scale presented. It was found that the predictor variables, stress and BMI, did not demonstrate a main effect. Similarly, there was no interaction between stress and BMI with respect to the outcome variable hunger. Possible reasons as to why such results occurred are discussed.

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