In search of diners responsive to health cues: Insights from U.S. consumers

Joongwon Shin, Anna S. Mattila

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Many consumers rely on summary statistics offered by online and mobile platforms to attain nutrition information on menu items. While positive (vs. negative) summary cues garner more favorable consumer responses, this research provides a more nuanced understanding of this effect by examining the moderating role of two individual-level characteristics: health-consciousness and need for status. Two MTurk samples (Study 1: n = 142, Study 2: n = 119) were recruited in 2018. Findings from Study 1 suggest that health-conscious (vs. less health-conscious) consumers show a wider gap in perceived healthiness of a menu item in response to the valence of a health cue. This greater gap translates into more polarized attitudes toward the menu item. Findings from Study 2 indicate that consumers high (vs. low) in need for status exhibit less favorable attitudes toward a menu item with a negative health cue. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-269
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Health cue
  • Health-consciousness
  • Healthy eating
  • Need for status
  • Nutrition information
  • Western consumer behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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