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Pediatr Obes. 2015 Oct;10(5):e5-7. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12014. Epub 2015 Feb 27.

Personality and overweight in 6-12-year-old children.

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1
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR, USA.
2
Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Department of Psychosomatics and Health Behavior, Division of Mental Health, Oslo, Norway.
3
Psychological Institute, University of Norway, Oslo, Norway.
4
Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
5
Department of Pediatrics, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Personality may be an important yet understudied influence on childhood obesity.

OBJECTIVE:

We investigated the association between children's personality traits and weight status in a sample of 1533 6-12 year olds.

METHODS:

Mothers rated their child's personality using the Norwegian Hierarchical Personality Inventory for Children, and reported on their child's height and weight.

RESULTS:

Relative to their normal weight peers, overweight children were rated lower on energy, optimism, compliance, concentration, perseverance, and self-confidence, and higher on egocentricity, irritability, and anxiety.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest possible mechanisms to investigate in future research relating personality to childhood obesity.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioural mechanisms; children; obesity; personality traits

PMID:
25721129
PMCID:
PMC4551663
DOI:
10.1111/ijpo.12014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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