Blaming food for the higher-than-acceptable number you see on the scale? Instead of pointing fingers at what you eat, you may want to look inward for the reason you’re gaining weight. According to a new study, it’s all about attitude.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Food Industry Center divided 200 women into five groups based on their feelings toward food: concerned about nutrition, creative cooks, busy cooking avoiders, impulsive eaters, and guilt-ridden dieters. Then, the women’s BMI, waist size and body fat percentage were measured.
The lowest weights were found among members of the “concerned about nutrition” and “creative cooks” groups. “Busy cooking avoiders” fell in the middle, while “guilt-ridden dieters” and “impulsive eaters” were most likely to be obese.
“The basic attitude that people have about food is related to the likelihood that they’re at risk for obesity and weight gain,” said study co-author Dennis Degeneffe. His team’s findings show that, although what and how much we consume plays a vital role in our weight, those factors-and the outcome-are deeply influenced by our outlook on eating.
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