Sunday, July 31, 2011

Apparently Our Personalities Dictate Whether We'll Be Overweight…

Recently MSN posted an article indicating people who are…“impulsive, cynical, competitive or aggressive were more likely to be overweight.”  

The article didn’t seem all that shocking but with so many American’s battling weight issues, perhaps we need to pay more attention to how personality traits determine health.  For the most part I do realize I hold the key to whether I’m healthy or not.  If I want to be healthier and thinner then I'll do it; if I don't want it bad enough, it won't happen. For me it’s just discipline and quieting childhood pressures to be thin.

Do you believe personality is the main reason some are healthy vs unhealthy?  

14 comments:

  1. ewww, good one. Not sure though. I was an emotional eater, so think mine stemmed from covering feelings of loss from my parents unhappy marriage that led to divorce. I know now that I must use my emotions to channel in a good workout! Totally works and better than eating through my worries, fears, saddness and esteem issues :) now when I'm stressed, I run it out!!!

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  2. Your little ballerina is adorable! Ah, the weight thing. I'm older, and then, believe me, it really comes into play as metabolism slows a bit. My battle is at night...but I am making good progress. I have a visualization that seems to be working so I'm sticking with it as long as it works. Here's a post I just wrote on this. You might like.
    Sandra
    http://reallifeinaminute.blogspot.com/2011/07/are-your-habits-yae-or-nae.html

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  3. While I believe personality has a tie to weight, I think it is more about the crap on the grocery store shelves. We eat far too much processed food.

    If we could go back to how our grandmother's ate, we would be a far less overweight society. They got their produce from the garden and they bought their meat from the butcher. We shouldn't be buying oreos, doritos, fruit snacks, etc.

    I try my best to shop only the periphery of the grocery store. I do use canned soups as a convenience and boxed pasta...but in moderation.

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  4. Oh my - that explains it all. I am all of those personality traits! ;-)

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  5. This is a great post TV! I get stressed and eat. When I was younger I did not eat when I was stressed I just worked out. I see how my personality comes into play regarding my health and how I feel. I know it also plays a huge part in my weight. I hope you are doig great my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  6. Genetics has got to play a big role too. I'm not saying that you are doomed if you have genetic predisposition to weight gain or low metabolism, etc., but it sure does make it a lot harder for that person. For me, I have good genes and am tall, so I am naturally thin, however, I have to keep my attitude positive and diligent to not start ballooning..

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  7. I think "personality trait" is a nice way of saying "character".

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  8. Hmmmm....that is interesting! I am sure it does make a difference to a certain extent. Obviously, you can find those traits in skinny people, too. I love how you are always making me think about things like this!

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  9. I would say there are lots of things that can contribute to it...but I do think you are right when you say if you want to be healthier then you will be..if you don't want it then you aren't. Maybe some people have more drive than others??? Tough question you asked there!

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  10. What a great question! I think personality is one big factor. Perhaps another is our thinking. I've been fascinated with this topic myself and just wrote a post about it, how neat.

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  11. I would agree and disagree. I think personality has a ton to do with it, but I also think that outside influences can contribute to. After beating my eating disorder (almost 6 years ago, wahoo!), I realized how much the outside world, and part of my personality, contributed to that. This is definitely a tough question though, TV. Because you can easily argue it both ways! Happy Tuesday!

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  12. I tend to agree with Amanda...there are environmental factors in there. Our society tends to connect food with emotions/celebration, etc. and this can lead to unhealthy habits....hey, you got an A on the test, lets go get ice cream! You feeling sad because someone made fun of you...let's grab a milkshake. I think we have to be very careful how we use food with our children and try to drive home the concept that food is for nourishment instead of a reason to celebrate life events.

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  13. I definitely think one of the primary things that keeps people thin is genetics but, second to that I would say personality. I think many people have naturally more will power than others or are more disciplined than others. I am not the most disciplined but, I try to keep my sweet portions under control. Moderation is my motto. Anyways, I def. think both things play a huge part in a person's weight!

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  14. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of factors but I would have to agree that personality would have to be one of them. And I also think that the relationship could be bidirectional...weight affecting personality. I read somewhere that the more weight is lost, the 'happier' the person became / more positive, etc. Endorphins maybe? I really just love food though, hahahaha ;-))

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