Does Your Personality Dictate Your Weight?

Does Your Personality Dictate Your Weight?

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/16/12

We have some health news today that gives a new change to the battle of the bulge: People who are impulsive, cynical, competitive or aggressive were found by researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Aging to be more likely overweight. In addition to that, those who are easily upset and less careful are likely to see their weight go through many peaks and valleys.

The NIA researchers looked into data compiled over 50 years on nearly 2,000 generally healthy and highly educated people. They then start to find out how the subjects' personalities might affect their weight and body mass index.

The study subjects were appraised on the so-called "big five" personality traits and these are: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism, as well as 30 subcategories of these traits. Over the course of the study, the participants were also weighed and measured.

The researchers noted that those who are impulsive were the most probable to be overweight. People who made in the top 10% on impulsivity weighed an average of 22 pounds more than those in the bottom 10%.

The study showed that those who were risk takers, antagonistic, cynical, competitive, and aggressive also had gained more weight. On the positive side, the study found that hard-working people or shall we say conscientiousness are usually thinner and their personality did not set off changes in weight during adulthood.

By clearly identifying the link between personality and obesity, the research team expects more tailored treatments will be developed. For example, previous research has found that impulsive individuals are prone to overindulge in eating and alcohol consumption. If these behavioral patterns be a factor to weight gain eventually, the best health advice perhaps is to get therapy to modify these thinking patterns.

A doctor’s advice is suggested if you struggle with weight issues. Our mentor Cate Stevenson of has this to say: bear it in mind that sometimes our impulsiveness gets in the way of being able to stay on track and remain disciplined in the face of temptation. There's nothing wrong with getting a little help in maintaining a healthy diet and a program of physical activity or having a regular exercise.

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Does Your Personality Dictate Your Weight?
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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