publication . Article . 2016

Individual differences in impulsivity and their relationship to a Western-style diet

Lumley, Jordan; Stevenson, Richard J; Oaten, Megan; Mahmut, Mehmet; Yeomans, Martin R;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2016 Journal: Personality and Individual Differences, volume 97, pages 178-185 (issn: 0191-8869, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United Kingdom
In two studies we tested for a relationship between consumption of a Western-style diet, characterised by high intakes of saturated fat and added sugar, and individual differences in impulsivity. In Study 1, participants completed both a food frequency measure to assess diet and a measure of trait impulsivity. Greater trait impulsivity was associated with consumption of a Western-style diet in both men and women, independent of body mass index (BMI). Greater intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and take-away food were specifically linked to greater trait impulsivity. In Study 2 lean participants completed a laboratory-based impulsivity battery. Habitually consumi...
free text keywords: Trait, Sensation seeking, Impulsive behaviour, Added sugar, Body mass index, Developmental psychology, Psychology, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire, Impulsivity, medicine.symptom, medicine, Disinhibition, Social psychology, BF0180, BF0697, RA
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