A CSIRO study has found your personality determines your diet success

By on September 19, 2017


A CSIRO study has found your personality determines your diet success

A CSIRO study has found your personality determines your diet success

Kara Vickery news.com.au

If you just can’t keep the kilos off, it may not be your fault, according to a new CSIRO study.

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This article originally appeared on news.com.au and is published here with permission.

Your personality is central to your ability to keep off the kilos and maintain a healthy diet, new CSIRO research shows.

In the biggest diet and personality survey ever conducted, the CSIRO will today reveal the five personality types that researchers believe dictate how healthy a person’s diet is and whether they are likely to put on weight.

CSIRO behaviour scientist Sinead Golley said the research “could provide the answer to why some weight-loss methods haven’t worked for you in the past”.

“If you’re frustrated by unsuccessful weight-loss attempts, having a better understanding of your personal triggers and diet patterns can be the crucial piece of the puzzle,” she said.

The survey of more than 90,000 Australians found cravings were one of the main reasons people struggled to lose weight, with one-in-five respondents who met the criteria for the “Craver” personality type admitting they had tried to diet more than 25 times.

Women were most likely to fall into the “Thinker” category, which is characterised by over-analysis, while men were most likely to be “Foodies” or “Freewheelers”.

Characterised by their spontaneous and impulsive nature, Freewheelers are least likely to meet healthy dietary guidelines.

Older generations, such as baby boomers, were more likely to be “Socialisers” or “Foodies”, the latter of which are most likely to be a normal weight and eat the nationally recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. Millennials and members of Generation X most often identified as Cravers, Thinkers, or Freewheelers.

Of the almost 19,000 Queenslanders who took part in the study, 31 per cent were Thinkers, 21 per cent were Cravers, and 4 per cent Freewheelers, while the Socialisers and Foodies groups each accounted for 13 per cent.

Erin Godden, 25, travels a lot for work and said her biggest hurdle to eating healthily was a lack of access to a kitchen.

“I do my research before I go out to dinner if I am travelling and have a look at the menus of the restaurants in the area,” she said.

Ms Godden, of Fortitude Valley, studied nutrition at university and said she probably fits the Foodie type.

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