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What your weight says about your personality

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By Deborah Dunham for Blisstree.com

If you’re trying to lose weight, now would be a very good time for some personality adjustments.

According to a new study, those of us with impulsive traits are most likely to be overweight. In fact, people who scored the highest in hasty behaviors weighed an average of 22 pounds more than their cautious counterparts.

Researchers from the National Institute on Aging looked at data from nearly 2,000 people over the course of 50 years to determine how personality traits are associated with weight and body mass index. Their conclusions, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found greater weight gain among impulsive people, those who enjoy taking risks and those who are cynical, competitive and aggressive.

“Individuals with this constellation of traits tend to give in to temptation and lack the discipline to stay on track amid difficulties or frustration. To maintain a healthy weight, it is typically necessary to have a healthy diet and a sustained program of physical activity, both of which require commitment and restraint. Such control may be difficult for highly impulsive individuals.”

A revelation that might just make sense if you’re looking at a compulsive eater, but let’s not confuse the issue. Not all impulsive, aggressive, risk-takers are destined to become overweight. Keep reading…

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