Food Neophiles: Profiling the Adventurous Eater

Latimer, Lara A., Lizzy Pope, and Brian Wansink (2015), “Food Neophiles: Profiling the Adventurous Eater,” Obesity, 23:8, 1577-1581.

17 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Apr 2017

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Lara Latimer

Cornell University

Lizzy Pope

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Brian Wansink

Retired

Date Written: Novermber 21, 2014

Abstract

Objective: The study objective was to identify how food neophilia – having an adventurous eating style for new/different foods – may relate to body mass index (BMI).

Design and Methods: A nationwide online survey was conducted in 2012 with a group of 501 diverse young women (mean age= 26.8, mean BMI=25.96). Items measured eating adventurousness, perceptions of novel foods, lifestyle and psychological characteristics, and BMI (dependent variable).

Results: Linear regressions were run to examine associations between eating adventurousness and weight-related outcomes. To examine mean differences between adventurous and non-adventurous eaters, a one-way ANOVA was to run for variables on perceptions of novel foods, lifestyle, and psychology (significance level=p <0.05). Food neophiles had lower BMIs (p<0.01), and were more likely to cook to connect with their heritage, host friends for dinner, be physically active, and be concerned about the healthfulness of food, when compared to non-adventurous eaters (all p values < 0.05).

Conclusions: Promoting adventurous eating in adults could help individuals lose/maintain weight without feeling as restricted. Given the lack of research on food neophiles, future studies should examine their characteristics and behaviors, as well as how food neophiles may intersect with others interested in food (e.g., foodies).

Keywords: BMI, Neophiles, Foodies, Adventurous Eating, Diet, Variety

Suggested Citation

Latimer, Lara and Pope, Elizabeth and Wansink, Brian, Food Neophiles: Profiling the Adventurous Eater (Novermber 21, 2014). Latimer, Lara A., Lizzy Pope, and Brian Wansink (2015), “Food Neophiles: Profiling the Adventurous Eater,” Obesity, 23:8, 1577-1581. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2598195

Lara Latimer

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Elizabeth Pope

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

Brian Wansink (Contact Author)

Retired ( email )

607-319-0123 (Phone)

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