The 4 Types Of People Most Likely To Overeat

Who wants to be the person going for the salad bar while everyone else is enjoying burgers?

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We all have our vices. But in a world filled with Pinterest boards and foodie blogs, we can all attest to the fact that our love for food binds us together. 

But here's the thing: too much of it can be bad for you — and psychologists have found that there are four types of people who are more likely to overeat.

According to a Swiss study, certain personality traits affect whether you're more susceptible to tasty treats, like pizza and chocolate (the bad boys of the food pyramid).


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Wondering where you fit? Well, here are four traits that are particularly affected:

1. Sensitive People

There is a reason why romantic comedies tend to begin using the "ice cream" cliché when their female protagonist is going through a break-up. 

Also, why are they always eating vanilla or chocolate ice cream? That's so boring, I'm way more of a Ben and Jerry's Phish Food gal myself. 

The study found that emotional eating is definitely something that sensitive people are more likely to engage in.

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2. Extroverts

You might assume introverts would be the ones to eat a lot. After all, you're more inclined to go on a food bender if no one is wagging their finger at you, but this study says differently.

It's actually your extroverted counterpart who has been nominated for the "most likely to overeat" award.

Why? Simply, because they tend to eat out more, leading to larger portions. Yeesh, that sounds expensive.

So while they may not have to charge their social batter, they do have to charge their credit cards more often. 

3. Neurotic People

The same study found that people who are neurotic also fall victim to emotional eating, due to their instability. They're also more likely to indulge in sweet and savory foods.


If you can't be stable all the time, might as well eat more to compensate. 

4. People Pleasers

If you're the type of person who hates conflict, then you're more likely to pile it "thanksgiving style" on your plate.

We're talking about you Libras, we know you hate confrontation but seriously, just tell us when you're upset so we can stop guessing. 

Another study found that those who are "people pleasers" tend to eat more with company, in order to make others feel comfortable.

Which feels counterintuitive, making someone else feel comfortable while you yourself start feeling uncomfortable by stuffing yourself silly. 

After all, who wants to be the person going for the salad bar while everyone else is enjoying burgers and fries? Just saying.


But seriously, listen to your body; if you feel full, stop. You'll thank me later. 

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Nicole Weaver is a senior writer for Showbiz Cheat Sheet whose work has been featured in New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, and more. Follow her on Twitter.