Impulsivity and Weight

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Impulsive people are more likely to weigh more than those who are less impulsive, according to an examination of 50 years of data. Dr. Edward Hill takes a close look at a possible link between impulsivity and weight in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If youre impulsive, your behavior may also cause weight problems, suggests a study from the American Psychological Association.

People who act impulsively are more likely to cycle through weight gains and losses throughout their lives and to be overweight, according to the research.

Men and women who scored in the top 10 percent on impulsivity weighed an average of 22 pounds more than those in the bottom 10 percent, say researchers, who looked at 50 years of data from close to 2,000 people in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.

To maintain a healthy weight, it is typically necessary to have a healthy diet and a sustained program of physical activity, both of which require commitment and restraint. Such control may be difficult for highly impulsive individuals.

Although weight tends to increase gradually as people age, the researchers found greater weight gain among impulsive people; those who enjoy taking risks; and those who are antagonisticespecially those who are cynical, competitive and aggressive.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.