People who believe that they can change their lives through their own actions rather than leaving it on luck or fate were more likely to bring in healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle, according to a new study conducted by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research researchers.
The researchers surveyed more than 7,000 people and analyzed their dietary habits, personality type and the amount of exercise and found that those who believed that their life was in the hands of fate were more likely to be obese compared to those who put trust on their own actions.
"Our research shows a direct link between the type of personality a person has and a healthy lifestyle. The main policy response to the obesity epidemic has been the provision of better information, but information alone is insufficient to change people's eating habits. Understanding the psychological underpinning of a person's eating patterns and exercise habits is central to understanding obesity", lead researcher Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark said.