Friday, July 10, 2015

How Your Personality Affect Your Eating Habits ?

According to a recent study, your personality traits may greatly affect your eating habits. You may want to ask ,how ?  To answer this, researchers sent out three different questionnaires, one about  personality, one about eating habits, and one about  food choices to a random group of Swiss men and women.  After taking out subjects who turned in incomplete responses, the researchers analyzed data from nearly a thousand participants.  In particular, they focused on five traits -- openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism -- and how they helped define our eating habits.
Unfortunately for extroverts, a larger-than-life personality may prove to be a dieter's Achilles heel. Greatly influenced by external factors like presentation and taste, extroverts were found to consume more meat, sweet foods, savory foods, and sugar-sweetened drinks, potentially because their active social lives keep them out of the house, and often in restaurants.

But that wasn't the only correlation they found. Being open was associated with a higher intake of veggies, high agreeableness correlated with low meat consumption, neuroticism correlated with an increased amount of sweet and savory foods (unsurprisingly, they practiced emotional eating), and, of course, conscientiousness was associated with restrained eating and a lower consumption of sweet and savory foods.

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