Development and standardization of the “Let's Shop” questionnaire: an assessment of shopping habits and executive functions in people with obesity

Sarit Akerman Frid, Naomi Josman, Ronit Endevelt

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Overweight and obesity are epidemic in Western countries and the literature suggests a relationship between overweight and executive functions (EF). Shopping is a regular, everyday activity that is strongly related to executive functioning. To date, no assessment tool has been developed to evaluate EF in adults with overweight and obesity, with a focus on the activity of shopping. To determine the factorial validity of the newly developed “Let's Shop” questionnaire. A convenience sample which included three groups of 93 men and women aged 35–60 were included in the study. Thirty three overweight participants and 30 obese participants who sought a clinical dietitian constituted the two research groups, and 30 normal weight participants recruited from a physician's waiting room constituted the control group and were matched to the two research groups by age, gender, education, and socioeconomic status. The “Let's Shop” questionnaire was administered to all participants. An exploratory principal factor extraction with oblimin rotation was conducted for the “Let's Shop” questionnaire. Twenty-one items were entered into the equation; the analysis revealed four distinct factors comprised of 17 items. The cumulative percentage of variance accounted for by the four factors was 44.74%. The four factors were as follows: “planning in action” α = 0.63; “planning ahead” α = 0.71; “impulsivity” α = 0.67; and “habits” α = 0.63. The “Let's Shop” questionnaire was reduced to 17 items. This brief questionnaire will enable rapid administration by researchers and practitioners and determine a potential association between EF in the supermarket arena and weight status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-453
Number of pages8
JournalFood Science and Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017

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© 2016 The Authors. Food Science & Nutrition published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • Executive functions
  • impulsivity
  • obesity
  • planning
  • shopping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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