Is Your Personality Causing You To Gain Weight?

If you’re impulsive, your behavior may also cause weight problems, suggests a new 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 normal weight, you have to commit to physical activity and healthy eating, which may be difficult if discipline isn’t one of your personality traits, say researchers.