Link bait from Drake Baer:
Emotional eaters have a personality type.The next time you feel fat, don’t stare at your scale wondering what went wrong.
Instead, take a personality test.
Uh huh. Right. Nothing goes wrong there.
Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology gathered self-reported personality, eating, and food choice data from over a thousand people in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland.
Author Carmen Keller:
We found that a person’s personality does, in fact, determine why he or she eats and what he or she eats
Happy people eat too much? Skinny people get depressed? The mumbo jumbo boils down to these traits:
- Conscientiousness prevented consumption of sweet and savory foods and of sugar-sweetened soft drinks by promoting restrained eating.
- Neurotic … individuals seem to adopt counter-regulatory emotional eating and to eat high-energy, dense sweet and savory food in particular, presumably to cope with their negative emotions.”
- The higher sociability of extroverted people, which is basically a health beneficial psychological resource, seems to have health-averse effects.
To people always dieting or worried about their weight, my father, ever the quintessential Scotsman, says, “Don’t eat so much.”