Researchers investigating psychological traits as they relate to weight gain found that patients who gain weight are more likely to be impulsive. However, these patients also tend to deliberate more about their actions.
“The present research suggests that there is a potential downward spiral for people struggling with their weight,” Angelina R. Sutin, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Florida State University College of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging, and colleagues wrote in Psychological Science. “The impulsiveness aspect of neuroticism is the strongest personality-trait contributor to weight gain, and our current findings suggest that weight gain is associated with increases in this trait.”
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