Do You Have an Obese Personality?

A famous 2007 study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that social networks promote obesity— obese people tend to associate with other obese people, and the size of the obesity network increases over time. In other words, obesity is contagious. A review of literature by German researchers found that some personality types are obesity prone. Impulsive people— people who do things on the spur of the moment— have an increased risk of obesity. Neurotic behavior— overly distressed and showing signs of anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, low sense of self-worth and perfectionism— predicts obesity in women but not men. Extroversion (social and friendly people) is also linked to obesity in both sexes. About 69 percent of Americans are obese or overweight, which includes a lot of personality types. (Obesity Reviews, 16: 32-63, 2015)

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