CSIRO re­search shows per­son­al­ity weighs on diet suc­cess


UN­DER­STAND­ING diet trig­gers and food crav­ings is the key to weight loss, ac­cord­ing to a ground­break­ing study of 90,000 Aus­tralians.

Af­ter the big­gest diet and per­son­al­ity sur­vey ever con­ducted, the CSIRO today re­veals that it is per­son­al­ity that de­ter­mines diet suc­cess.

The re­port out­lines key per­son­al­ity traits – such as an in­abil­ity to con­trol crav­ings, im­pul­sive eat­ing and un­real- is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions – that dic­tate whether you will be able to keep the ki­los off.

CSIRO be­hav­iour sci­en­tist Sinead Gol­ley said the re­search could pro­vide the an­swer to why some weight­loss meth­ods didn’t work.

“If you’re frus­trated by un­suc­cess­ful weight-loss at­tempts, hav­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of your per­sonal trig­gers and diet pat­terns can be the cru­cial piece of the puz­zle,” she said.

The sur­vey found crav­ings were one of the main rea­sons for strug­gling to lose weight, with one-in-five re­spon­dents who met the cri­te­ria for the Craver per­son­al­ity type ad­mit­ting they had tried to diet more than 25 times.

Women are most likely to fall into the Thinker cat­e­gory, which is char­ac­terised by over-anal­y­sis, while men are most likely to be Food­ies or Free­wheel­ers. Char­ac­terised by their spon­ta­neous and im­pul­sive na­ture, Free­wheel­ers are least likely to meet healthy di­etary guide­lines.

Older gen­er­a­tions, such as Baby Boomers, are more likely to be So­cialis­ers or Food­ies, the lat­ter be­ing the most likely to be a normal weight and eat the na­tion­ally rec­om­mended amount of fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Mil­len­ni­als and Gen­er­a­tion X are most of­ten iden­ti­fied as Cravers, Thinkers, or Free­wheel­ers.

Of the al­most 19,000 Queens­lan­ders who took part in the study, 31 per cent were Thinkers, 21 per cent were Cravers, and 4 per cent Free­wheel­ers, while the So- cialis­ers and Food­ies groups each ac­counted for 13 per cent.

Erin God­den (pic­tured), 25, trav­els a lot for work and said her big­gest hur­dle to eat­ing healthily was a lack of ac­cess to a kitchen.

“I do my re­search be­fore I go out to din­ner if I am trav­el­ling and have a look at the menus of the restau­rants in the area,” she said.

Ms God­den, of For­ti­tude Val­ley, stud­ied nu­tri­tion at univer­sity and said she prob­a­bly fit­ted the Foodie type.

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