Pathological eating behaviors, BMI, and facet-level traits: The roles of Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Impulsivity

Stephanie Ellickson-Larew, Kristin Naragon-Gainey, David Watson

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Abstract

The current study examined the bivariate and multivariate associations of personality with Body Mass Index (BMI) and several eating behavior inventories, focusing on facets of Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, and Impulsivity. Simultaneous multiple regressions showed that the facets Traditionalism, Urgency, and low Vulnerability were significant predictors of BMI. A factor analysis of the eating behavior scales revealed two dimensions: (a) Food and Body Preoccupation and (b) Cued Eating; Neuroticism, low Conscientiousness, and Perfectionism were significant predictors of both eating behavior factors. In addition, the Depression facet predicted Food and Body Preoccupation, and low Temperance predicted Cued Eating. Implications are discussed for the structure of eating pathology and the specificity of facet traits to eating behaviors and obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-431
Number of pages4
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

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