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Personality affects body weight: Study

Personality affects body weight: Study

People with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives, according to an examination of 50 years of data in a study published by the American Psychological Association. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG PEOPLE with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives, according to an examination of 50 years of data in a study published by the American Psychological Association. Impulsivity was the strongest predictor of who would be overweight, researchers found. Study participants who scored in the top 10 per cent on impulsivity weighed an average of 22lbs (10kg), more than those in the bottom 10 per cent, according to the study. The researchers, from the National Institute on Aging, ...

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