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Are Impulsive Personalities Linked to Higher Body Mass Indices?

According to new research published in Appetite, impulsiveness, often linked to addiction to drugs or alcohol, may also be linked to food addiction. Researchers examined 233 participants in order to determine the interconnection between food addiction, personality traits, and body mass index (BMI). Using the Yale Food Addiction Scale and the UPPS-P Impulsivity Scale, researchers determined an indirect relationship between impulsivity and BMI moderated by addictive food consumption. “In particular, an inclination toward behaving irrationally while experiencing negative mood states and low levels of task persistence were significantly associated with food addiction directly and that relationship was responsible for their relationship to BMI.” Researchers hope that these findings will help physicians treat obese people who have developed addictions to food.

Read the study in Appetite.