Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy eating behaviour: a personality trait perspective

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Mullen, Kathryn and Patrick, Jeff. 2007. "Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy eating behaviour: a personality trait perspective." Moore, Kate (ed.) 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007. Brisbane, Australia 25 - 29 Sep 2007 Melbourne, Australia.
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Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy eating behaviour: a personality trait perspective

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsMullen, Kathryn (Author) and Patrick, Jeff (Author)
EditorsMoore, Kate
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference: Psychology Making an Impact
Number of Pages5
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881337
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.psychology.org.au/publications/conference_proceedings/
Conference/Event42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007
Event Details
42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007
Event Date
25 to end of 29 Sep 2007
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

The aim of this research was to ascertain whether eating behaviour is associated with personality traits. It is hoped that the evidence from this research will further understanding of the possible effect of personality on eating behaviour. One hundred and thirty-nine participants were recruited from students at the University of Southern Queensland and individuals from the general public. Each participant was required to complete the Multiple Personality Trait Inventory and the Eating Behaviour Questionnaire. This research demonstrated that high optimism was related to healthy eating behaviour and high impulsivity was associated with disordered eating behaviour. The implications of these findings suggest that personality may be one possible factor that protects an individual from engaging in unhealthy eating patterns. This study also supported the notion that personality may be involved in the development of disordered eating behaviour. Nevertheless, due to the limitations of this study, further research is warranted.

Keywordseating behaviour; personality traits
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
520402. Decision making
321099. Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified
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