The ``organic'' path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations
Labeling a food as "organic" entails a claim about its production but is silent on its calorie content. Nevertheless, people infer that organic cookies are lower in calories and can be eaten more often than conventional cookies (Study 1). These inferences are observed even when the nutrition label conveys identical calorie content and are more pronounced among perceivers high on pro-environmentalism. Moreover, when evaluating a person with a weight-loss goal, forgoing exercise is deemed more acceptable when the person has just chosen organic rather than conventional dessert (Study 2). These results reflect an "organic/natural"-"healthy" association that is capable of biasing everyday judgments about diet and exercise.
Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
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