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Several studies have shown that individuals who dine frequently at fast-food restaurants are more likely to be obese than people who rarely eat at such establishments. In a recent examination of body-perception, health psychologists conducted a survey targeting two groups: high- and low-frequency fast-food eaters. To their surprise, the investigators found that approximately 75% of both groups rated themselves as "at a healthy weight."

Which of the following would best explain this finding?


A Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters were at a healthy weight at the time of the survey.

B The range of weights among the low-frequency fast-food eaters was higher than the weight-range for the high-frequency fast-food eaters.

C Most individuals rate themselves on surveys as being healthy.

D The individuals in the high-frequency fast-food group ate at a variety of restaurants including table-service establishments.

E Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters had engaged in some form of exercise during the past year.
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Several studies have shown that individuals who dine frequently at fast-food restaurants are more likely to be obese than people who rarely eat at such establishments. In a recent examination of body-perception, health psychologists conducted a survey targeting two groups: high- and low-frequency fast-food eaters. To their surprise, the investigators found that approximately 75% of both groups rated themselves as "at a healthy weight." Which of the following would best explain this finding?

A Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters were at a healthy weight at the time of the survey.

B The range of weights among the low-frequency fast-food eaters was higher than the weight-range for the high-frequency fast-food eaters.

C Most individuals rate themselves on surveys as being healthy.

D The individuals in the high-frequency fast-food group ate at a variety of restaurants including table-service establishments.

E Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters had engaged in some form of exercise during the past year.


Straight E. Do not esitate to ask if something remain unclear.

The other options are not relataed or show a comparison between two or more entities that are out of context.

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Option E seems correct to me.
Please confirm the OA.
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I would say it is a straight C.

It says individuals rate "themselves" as being healthy. It is their own perception.Irrespective of whether they go to Gyms to become fit it is ultimately how they view them. So I would say C seems ryt. These people are prone to saying that they are healthy at almost all surveys they attend.

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Several studies have shown that individuals who dine frequently at fast-food restaurants are more likely to be obese than people who rarely eat at such establishments. In a recent examination of body-perception, health psychologists conducted a survey targeting two groups: high- and low-frequency fast-food eaters. To their surprise, the investigators found that approximately 75% of both groups rated themselves as "at a healthy weight." Which of the following would best explain this finding?

A Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters were at a healthy weight at the time of the survey.

B The range of weights among the low-frequency fast-food eaters was higher than the weight-range for the high-frequency fast-food eaters.

C Most individuals rate themselves on surveys as being healthy.

D The individuals in the high-frequency fast-food group ate at a variety of restaurants including table-service establishments.

E Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters had engaged in some form of exercise during the past year.



Straight E. Do not esitate to ask if something remain unclear.

The other options are not relataed or show a comparison between two or more entities that are out of context.

Hope this helps



I also got E but the OA given is C.

Can you correct it ?

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Answer is C.(presents an alternate reason for the paradox)
The question says 75% of both groups marked healthy,and 75% forms a majority..
Option E says Many of the high frequency....
So option E cannot be right.
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A. No. The weight statuses of a portion of the high-frequency fast-food eaters would not adequately explain the surprising finding. Information regarding a self-perception bias would best explain the survey results. Therefore, the correct answer is C.

B. No. The difference in weight-ranges between the the surveyed groups would not explain the surprising finding. Information regarding a self-perception bias would best explain the survey results. Therefore, the correct answer is C.

C. Yes. If most survey respondents are biased toward perceiving themselves as healthy, then the survey results the investigators obtained would be expected. This information explains the apparent paradox. The correct answer is C.

D. No. The dining patterns of the high-frequency fast-food eaters would not explain the surprising finding. Information regarding a self-perception bias would best explain the survey results. Therefore, the correct answer is C.

E. No. Exercise patterns among the high-frequency fast-food group would not adequately explain the surprising finding. Information regarding a self-perception bias would best explain the survey results. Therefore, the correct answer is C.


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New post 17 Jul 2014, 11:39
Was stuck between C and E.
E made more sense.C does not seem to justify the stimuli enough.
@ carcass, Can u please elaborate more on it.
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at first, I thought C repeats the passage. I was wrong. "at healthy weight" is different from "being healthy"
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Imo C
If people rate themselves healthy even if if they weigh 100 kgs they would still say they are at a healthy weight .
E comes close but when you negate it does not destroy the argument a people have exercised but have not lost weight or eat more .Nothing concrete can be concluded form E .
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I thought that it was E. But after reading the comments on the post, I understand why C is the answer. Thank you!

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Several studies have shown that individuals who dine frequently at fast-food restaurants are more likely to be obese than people who rarely eat at such establishments. In a recent examination of body-perception, health psychologists conducted a survey targeting two groups: high- and low-frequency fast-food eaters. To their surprise, the investigators found that approximately 75% of both groups rated themselves as

"at a healthy weight."

Which of the following would best explain this finding?

A Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters were at a healthy weight at the time of the survey.

B The range of weights among the low-frequency fast-food eaters was higher than the weight-range for the high-frequency fast-food eaters.

C Most individuals rate themselves on surveys as being healthy.

D The individuals in the high-frequency fast-food group ate at a variety of restaurants including table-service establishments.

E Many of the high-frequency fast-food eaters had engaged in some form of exercise during the past year.

Question is using term - at healthy weight

While option c uses term healthy.

Say one is 10% overweight still he can call himself healthy but may be not "at healthy weight".

Option A) says many HF fast food eaters were at healthy weight and they mentioned so in the survey. This can explain the discrepancy.

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New post 26 Jul 2018, 14:07
The important thing to bear in my mind in RAP questions is that the explanation/correct answer choice must explain both sides of the situation. Not an expert, just from my experience.
If you look at the above question, although E seems to address why 75% of the FF eaters would have been healthy but doesn't say much about why the majority of the other section (non goers) would rate itself similarly.

Point # 2: also notice, the stem reads "rated themselves". Rating themselves ! = Actually True.
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