Is Your Personality Linked to Your Weight?

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scaleBy Staff Blogger

When you shop, do you find that you are always buying candy or magazines from the racks by the register? If this sounds like you, you may have an impulse issue with your personality. Your personality is who you are and it has a great influence on your health and general well-being. Being impulsive can cause weight gain.

A new study from the Florida State University College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health shows that those who have impulsive tendencies, when they are out shopping in stores, also have a harder time losing weight and an easier time gaining it.

The study looked at over 1,900 participants. This smaller study was part of a large one that was being conducted by the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Researchers looked at their personality and their weight constantly for a decade.

Within the results of this study, they found that there was an association with a 10 percent weight gain and people with impulsive tendencies. They also found a correlation between weight gain and having the personality trait of deliberation which means that you are more likely to think about what you are doing before you actually do it.

A study that was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that people with Type A personalities were at a greater risk of having a bigger BMI than most. People who are impulsive will have a tendency to be a weight cycler and not stay at a steady weight for very long. The impulsive people were shown to go up and down with their weight.

 

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