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Impact of thin-ideals in influencer posts promoting healthy vs. unhealthy foods on tweens’ healthy food choice behavior

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The current study examines how social media influencers can be deployed to promote healthy food choice behavior among tweens. In particular, we investigated whether tweens’ healthy food choice behavior can be stimulated by using a thin-ideal influencer in a sponsored influencer post promoting unhealthy vs. healthy food. A two-by-two, between-subjects experimental study (influencer weight: thin-ideal vs. overweight; snack-type: unhealthy vs. healthy) was conducted with 146 tweens (11–13 years old, 73 boys). Results show that tweens’ choice for a healthy snack was higher when a (female) overweight influencer promoted an unhealthy snack (compared to a healthy snack). Using a thin-ideal influencer promoting an unhealthy vs. healthy snack did not affect tweens’ healthy food choices. While there were no interaction effects of influencer weight and snack type on source effects (influencer credibility, influencer admiration, and <jats:italic>trans</jats:italic>-parasocial interactions), the results did show that the influencer was perceived as less credible and was admired less when she was overweight vs. when she had a thin-ideal body-type.
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General Psychology, Influencer marketing, food marketing, healthy eating behavior, tweens, thin-ideals, WEIGHT-GAIN, BODY-IMAGE, CHILDREN, IDENTIFICATION, THINSPIRATION, FITSPIRATION, CONSUMPTION, EXPERTISE, INSTAGRAM, EXPOSURE

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De Jans, Steffi, et al. “Impact of Thin-Ideals in Influencer Posts Promoting Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods on Tweens’ Healthy Food Choice Behavior.” FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 13, 2022, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.789069.
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De Jans, S., Hudders, L., Naderer, B., & De Pauw, V. (2022). Impact of thin-ideals in influencer posts promoting healthy vs. unhealthy foods on tweens’ healthy food choice behavior. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.789069
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De Jans, Steffi, Liselot Hudders, Brigitte Naderer, and Valentina De Pauw. 2022. “Impact of Thin-Ideals in Influencer Posts Promoting Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods on Tweens’ Healthy Food Choice Behavior.” FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.789069.
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De Jans, Steffi, Liselot Hudders, Brigitte Naderer, and Valentina De Pauw. 2022. “Impact of Thin-Ideals in Influencer Posts Promoting Healthy vs. Unhealthy Foods on Tweens’ Healthy Food Choice Behavior.” FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 13. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.789069.
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De Jans S, Hudders L, Naderer B, De Pauw V. Impact of thin-ideals in influencer posts promoting healthy vs. unhealthy foods on tweens’ healthy food choice behavior. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. 2022;13.
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S. De Jans, L. Hudders, B. Naderer, and V. De Pauw, “Impact of thin-ideals in influencer posts promoting healthy vs. unhealthy foods on tweens’ healthy food choice behavior,” FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 13, 2022.
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