Well, they do say you are what you eat

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Imagine this: you’ve had a hard day at work, you snap off the sixth row of chocolate from a family-sized bar and you feel … instant regret.

 

How did it happen? Who do you blame? Well, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite the answer is: your personality.

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Researchers at Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology compiled 1,000 responses to three questionnaires on eating habits, food choices and personality.

 

The questions were designed to measure what psychologists believe to be the five basic dimensions: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism

 

Carmen Keller, author of the study, told New York Magazine: “We found that a person’s personality does, in fact, determine why he or she eats and what he or she eats.”

 

While we're guessing much more research is needed, here’s what those deep-seated personality traits supposedly say about your eating habits. 


You are: neurotic
This means: we’re sorry to tell you but you are at the biggest risk of overeating. You subscribe to the idea that high-calorific food deals with negative emotions

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You are: open / agreeable
This means: you’re far less likely to binge on high-calorie snacks and instead opt for fruit, veg and salads


You are: an extrovert
This means: bad news social butterflies, you will generally eat more, tuck into fatty foods, sweet dishes and sugar-sweetened drinks


You are: conscientious
This means: you have a will of steel and are less likely to give into emotional eating or be tempted by foods because of their heavenly scents