Fat is never just a result of how much people eat, psychologists tell us.
It has to do with the environment you live in, your genetics and, according to a new study, your personality.
Research has found that people can lose weight because of traits like leadership.
But people who have a hard time controlling their impulses may have trouble losing weight, as this can cause overeating.
Personality types are generally divided into five categories. It is neurotic, extroverted, open-minded, agreeable, and dedicated.
The definitions are:
- Nervous disorders: This describes someone who focuses on disturbing emotions, such as anxiety and depression. They get upset easily. Traits: Anxiety, Anger, Hostility, Depression, Self-consciousness, Impulsivity, Vulnerability.
- Extroverted or Extroverted: This describes someone who is always looking for excitement, is active and very sociable. They are talkative, have a lot of emotional expression and are always full of energy around others. Traits: Warmth, Goes Often, Assertive, Active, Excitement-seeking, Positive Emotions.
- Openness: This describes a person who is open to new experiences and curious about the world. They are creative and happy to talk about abstract ideas. Characteristics: Imagination, Aesthetics, Emotions, Actions, Ideas, Values.
- Comfortability: This describes a person who is respectful, compassionate, trusting and tries to avoid problems. They tend to be more cooperative and helpful. Traits: Trustworthy, Straightforward, Selfless, Compliant, Humble, Gentle.
- Thoroughness: This describes a person who is responsible, careful and goal oriented and detail oriented. They have high impulse control and tend to be organized. Traits: Competence, Order, Seriousness, Achievement, Self-Discipline, Intentional.
A study led by Kadri Arumäe, of the Institute of Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia, provides insight into which “five adults” are associated with being overweight.
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More than 3,500 Estonians, with an average age of 46 years and a healthy person’s body mass index (BMI) of 25, took part.
Participants filled out a survey of how much they identified with each of the personality traits described above on a scale of 0 to 4.
The study then looked at their fat levels, body mass index (BMI) and metabolism.
Based on medical data from 3,535 participants, the study was able to identify personality traits that could contribute to obesity.
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In short, people could be fatter if they scored lower on Openness and the Action, Ideas, and Value traits.
Open-minded people tend to be intellectually curious, creative, and imaginative.
Article, published in the journal Physiology and Behaviordiscussed that Openness to experience seems to be related to education.
Thus, “one can speculate that a higher Openness could prevent excess fat gain through healthier eating habits.”
Low conscience was assessed as a predictor of being overweight, most notably disordered and intentional.
People with a low conscience may be less organized, have difficulty self-discipline or goal setting.
You could say people who are less open and less conscientious tend to have higher body fat
Dr. Rene Mottus
People who tend to fit the Neuroticism personality type, especially impulsive personalities, may also carry excess fat.
Researchers suggest that impulsivity causes people to overeat.
Dr Rene Mottus, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, who was involved in the study, told The Sun: “You could say people with a low degree of openness and low conscientiousness tend to have high levels of body fat. than.
“People who are taller in Neuropathy tend to have a little more.”
Assertiveness, an aspect of Extraversion that reflects dominance, strength, and leadership tendencies, is a key personality trait associated with higher metabolism (BMR).
This may be because “a higher metabolic rate allows an individual to engage in energy-intensive behaviors,” the paper suggested.
Assertiveness “appears to be stronger for muscular people,” says Dr. Mottus.
Other Extraversion characteristics – Warmth and Positive Emotions – can also be signs of lower body fat and a high metabolism.
Change on a large scale
“There are a lot of things that are important for body mass,” says Dr. Mottus, and personality type is just one factor that may be involved.
He added: “The association is not very strong in any individual.
“But the trend in population levels does mean that people have low conscientiousness and are prone to high BMIs – there are quite a few people in this group.
“So if there was an intervention, for example to raise People’s Conscience… this could lead to a significant reduction in obesity levels.
“Assume that public health officials attempt to deploy a cheap but effective intervention to a million people who currently have low conscience, increasing the conscientiousness level of 10 percent of them to what is currently accepted.” considered average.
“Among these people will be several thousand who currently have a high body fat percentage but will have a significantly lower fat percentage at some point after the intervention.
“That is, although a conscientiousness intervention won’t help most people, it will help many and lead to a reduction in the cost of obesity treatment.”
Dr Mottus says there are mobile apps being tested that can coach someone to become more conscientious, with the goal of helping with weight management, as well as relationships, work and Moreover.
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