Neither Feels Good Enough. New Study Reveals Personal Struggles Of The Unhealthy

Individuals who are unable to achieve a healthy weight tend to lack protective psychological traits.

Weight issues always point to a deeper psychological issue that isn’t being dealt with.

In the early 1900s, women endured the discomfort of corsets in order to achieve an hourglass figure. From the 60s through to the 90s, thinness was in and curves were out. As recent as the last decade, a big behind is considered divine. Although the perfect male figure hasn’t shifted as much, men have also been subjected to body ideals. Whereas a wide waist was once considered proper, men have been required to bulk up in terms of muscle rather than fat.

However, while the concept of the perfect body has shifted a great deal through history, having hang-ups about one’s body hasn’t. Men, and women in particular, still struggle with body image issues, whether they are too thin or too heavy.

Analyzing data from 3,177 people who took their Diet & Weight Loss Test, researchers at Queendom compared the personality traits of people of different weight categories. While some differences were expected, a few took the researchers by surprise:

(Note: Scores range on a scale from 0 to 100)

HEALTHY PERSONALITY TRAITS

SELF-EFFICACY

Individuals who possess self-efficacy believe that they have the ability to succeed and to handle challenges. Not surprisingly, people in the Healthy Weight group had the highest average score:


  • Healthy Weight group: 70
  • Underweight group: 64
  • Overweight group: 62
  • Obese group: 56

PROACTIVE ATTITUDE

Individuals who are proactive don’t wait for things to happen, for opportunities to fall on their lap, or for others to tell them what to do. They take initiative when they want to make a change in their…

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