Monday, March 13, 2017

PERSONALITY AFFECTS HOW WE EAT

Our personalities not only affect how we approach our love life and our work life, but also how we eat. Specifically, people with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives, according to an examination of 50 years of data by researchers from the National Institute on Aging. Impulsivity was the strongest predictor of who would be overweight. Study participants who scored in the top 10 percent on impulsivity weighed an average of 22 pounds more, on average, than those in the bottom 10 percent. The "Big Five" personality traits are:

Neuroticism
A tendency to experience unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety, anger or depression.

Extraversion
Energy and the tendency to seek stimulation and the company of others.

Agreeableness
A tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic towards others.

Conscientiousness
A tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully and aim for achievement.

Openness to experience
Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure and unusual ideas; imaginative and curious.

The results: Although weight tends to increase gradually as people age, the researchers, led by Dr. Angelina R. Sutin, found greater weight gain among impulsive people, those who enjoy taking risks and those who are antagonistic--especially those who are cynical, competitive and aggressive. Conscientious participants tended to be leaner.

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