Advertising Influences Food Choices of University Students With ADHD

Shirley Hershko*, Samuel Cortese, Eyal Ert, Anna Aronis, Adina Maeir, Yehuda Pollak

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Abstract

Objective: Previous research in adults with ADHD showed high rates of obesity and unhealthy food choices. There is evidence that contextual cues, for example, advertisements, influence food choices. This study assessed the sensitivity of university students with ADHD to advertised food. Method: University students (N = 457) with and without ADHD participated in a cafeteria field experiment. Food choices were examined in periods of advertising either healthy or unhealthy sandwiches. Results: Students with ADHD (a) chose less healthy food items, (b) were more influenced by advertising, (c) showed the same overall healthy food choices as controls when exposed to healthy advertising. Conclusion: Students with ADHD chose unhealthier foods at the cafeteria but were also more influenced by advertising. Healthy food advertisements raised their healthy food choices. As this population has strong association with unhealthy dietary patterns, it is important to investigate the influence of food cues on their eating habits.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1170-1176
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • advertising
  • choices
  • food
  • students

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