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The Relationship Between Hope and Dieting
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by Brittany E. Cornell, Amy L. Ordogne, Jason S. David Seidman, Stephanie M. Sneed, and Elizabeth Yost Hammer - Loyola University New Orleans
Categories: Health | Personality
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between hope and dieting, including physical activity and eating behavior. It was hypothesized that those with higher levels of hope would have healthier dieting behaviors. A sample of 47 university students were given a survey packet including Snyder's Adult Dispositional Hope Scale, the Restraint Scale, a nutritional behavior scale, and various physical activity measurements. Results indicated partial support for the hypothesis. Hope was significantly related to physical activity, including exercise status, activity level, and intensity level. Hope was not significantly related to nutritional behavior or restrained eating. The findings are consistent with previous research showing that optimists are more likely to engage in physical activity, and therefore these findings have practical implications in exercise regimens.