“We found the contribution of weight gain with the personality of a person. Yet we do not know whether the change in weight could have permanent effects on a person’s personality. Weight can be an emotional issue which then causes permanent changes to one’s psychological functioning,” said lead researcher Angelina Sutin from Florida State University College of Medicine.
The study, published in the psychological science journal observed more than 1,900 people from the NIH Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging and the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area. This study reveals a link between the increase in body weight of at least 10 percent with an increase in a person’s impulsive attitude. Weight gain is related to the amount of time it takes for someone to make a decision.
“Mind and body are interconnected. When one changes, the other is likely to change. This is what we found in this study,” Sutin said, as reported by Red Orbit (06/05).
Researchers believe that changes in personality and self-concept is not only due to the weight gain, but also influenced by the responses of those around them that are negative. Weight gain can increase a person’s anxiety associated with eating activities in social situations.
Although outsmart changes in decision-making rights, someone who had gained weight still feels the dilemma when they can not refuse to eat a lot in common situations. Psychological problems in the end causes one to gain weight more easily.
Therefore, if you really want to go on a diet, it is better if a you not only pay attention to the physical aspects, but also the psychological aspect. The experts explained that most people who have had liposuction surgery or gastric reduction get back fat because of their own mental problems.