Relationship Between Personality And Obesity

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Abstract This paper explores the relationship between personality traits and obesity throughout the adult life span. The article examines the relationship between personality and obesity (BMI) and adiposity (waist and hip circumference). We describe how obesity is the second leading controllable cause of death next to smoking. Many variables contribute to the rising percentage of obese individuals such as lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits, and even genetics; shifts in food quality, food quantity, and availability to healthy foods also plays its part in maintaining weight control. Obesity also leads to numerous health issues like type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and ultimately shortens the human life expectancy.…show more content…
The focus of this research is how traits of the five factor model of personality are linked to certain individual’s body weight; we found out that every one of these personality factors are tied to a person’s general and abnormal weight in particular. This is interesting to me because certain variables such as self-discipline, binge eating or eating disorders, and engaging in physical activity can be found throughout one of the five-factor model of personality. For example, the article explains how Conscientiousness is the most consistently associated with adiposity; Conscientious individuals are linked to have high Order and Self Discipline; these people are leaner because they stick to their meal plans and exercise schedule. Sutin (2011) article determined the following: We hypothesized that individuals high in Neuroticism and low in Conscientiousness will have greater adiposity measured concurrently, greater fluctuations in weight over time, and larger increases in BMI across adulthood. At the facet level, we expected that participants who scored higher on impulsivity-related facets will show the same pattern of associations as high Neuroticism and low Conscientiousness. In addition, because Activity and Order are associated with BMI concurrently (Terracciano et al., 2009), we expected active and orderly individuals to have lower adiposity, fewer weight fluctuations, and a slower rate of change. Finally, because
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