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How Do Your Personality, Luck, and Gender Affect Your Health?

By Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Do you believe fate or luck is a critical factor when it comes to to enjoying a healthy lifestyle or losing weight? Or is your personality a better predictor? Perhaps even more interesting — how does your gender affect your ability to make healthy choices?

Personality and Gender Affect Healthy Life Choices

Healthy Woman Chooses to MultiTask

Researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research looked at data about the diet, exercise and personality type of more than 7,000 people and discovered that personality definitely has an effect on weight loss and good health. Those people who, like “The Little Engine That Could,” believe they can change their lives through their own actions eat healthier food, exercise more, smoke less and stay away from binge drinking.

People who are more like Eeyore, (the donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh), believe that luck or fate are responsible for their situation. These people tend to be less healthy because they don’t see themselves as fully in charge of their own lives.

Simply said, a “can do” attitude leads to a healthier lifestyle. Join us now in a chorus of “Anything you can do I can do better!YouTube Preview Image
Men and Women Differ in Weight Loss Motivation

Arnold Will Pump You Up

Interestingly, the motivation for leading a healthy life differs for men and women. Women are motivated by the desire to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, while men want physical results. Pump me up! Go Hans! Go Franz! Go Fun! Go Fit!

What Do Leading Experts on Obesity and Overweight Research Say?

Dr Jim HillWe asked the number one obesity expert and our go-to-guy, Dr James Hill, Executive Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, for his take on this latest twist. (Get more of his insights on weight loss and obesity here: Lose 2 Pounds in 2 Days.  You may also enjoy Lose Weight or Maintain Weight? prompted by another Anschutz professor, Dr. Holly Wyatt).

It totally makes sense that expectations about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle would affect outcomes. Interesting that men and women have different expectations. I definitely believe we need different weight management programs for men and women – and not just for different expectations. Men and women approach weight loss very differently. Women have to have a comprehensive experience while men just need to understand what they need to do and do it.” Dr. James Hill

Aren’t we all lucky to have optimistic personalities so we can control our own health and weight outcomes? Info and education alone don’t cut the mustard … or pounds. The belief in our ability to make change is the ultimate tool to a healthy life at any age or either gender.

Photo credits: CreativeCommons.org -  infomatique (multi-tasking woman)

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15 Responses to How Do Your Personality, Luck, and Gender Affect Your Health?

  1. Chris Donnelly September 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Interesting read! I full on believe that its that switch of “I GOT THIS”.. that turns on at some point in everyones journey, Then its about understanding how to keep that switch ON and what does it for you. Thanks for sharing!
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    • KymberlyFunFit September 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

      When people yell “I Got This” I hope they are talking about the restaurant bill. Or their actions! Success and personal ownership really do go together!
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      • Dr. Lynn K. Jones September 28, 2012 at 8:04 am #

        Ha! Too funny! The words, “I can’t,” definitely effect our power to do more and stay the course in a workout program!

        “I got this!” (but not the bill.) :)

        Appreciatively,

        Dr. Lynn K. Jones
        Certified Executive and Life Coach
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  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie September 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    This was really interesting! Since adopting a can-do attitude and viewing my health and wellness as it being what I make of it I definitely feel like I’ve been enjoying the experience so much more and seeing more results!
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  3. Tamara September 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Love the literary and pop culture references! (I got the SNL one this time…).
    I have definitely noticed the types of differences between men and women that you talk about. Interestingly, my male clients tend to do better at reaching their goals than my female clients. I need to think about what that says about my training style…
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      See! We’ve turned you into an SNL expert. Next we’ll test you on your Monty Python knowledge. For your women, I guess it means asking how they feel and how it changes what they can do outside the gym. Men just want to feel those biceps. I volunteer!
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  4. Miz September 25, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    SO INTERESTING.
    Im married to an eyore :-)
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      You two must balance each other out very well. I have one son who’s an Eeyore, yet changing himself, and another who’s a definite Happy Happy Skippity Jump. Different views of the world.
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  5. Kierston September 25, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    The belief in our ability to make change is the ultimate tool to a healthy life at any age or either gender. <— Absolutely!
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      So true, Kierson. I feel for those who believe it’s out of their hands, as they give up, then feel bad about themselves. Oddly enough, once you exercise for a few months, your brain wiring changes and you begin to see yourself as more in control. Doctors should prescribe exercise, not pills!
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  6. Jody - Fit at 54 September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I so agree with Kierston!!! I have no prob in the gym but outside the gym it becomes harder… great post & very interesting!
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      You speak for many, I’m sure. Have you discovered, though, that your outlook in the gym does translate to the rest of your life, simply because all that exercise changes your brain chemistry?
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  7. Pavement Runner September 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Any post with a Winnie-the-Pooh reference is a win in my book.
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh. Willy ol’ silly all stuffed with fluff. Thanks. My mind likes to travel about.
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