This Is How Your Eating Habits Define Your Personality

Oct 13, 2015 10:10 AM EDT | By Maria Leonila Masculino

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. But according to experts, you are how you eat should be more appropriate.

Huffington Post reports the website Littlethings.com published a list of eating habits that could reveal a person's personality and explained how being a fast, slow, picky, adventurous and isolationist eater actually defines what kind of a person you are.

These facts are supported by Los Angeles-based behavioural food expert Juliet Boghossian, founder of the research firm Food-ology.

"Food-related habits can in fact reveal facets of an individual's personality and behavioral tendencies," Boghossian stated in an email to The Huffington Post. "What you want to observe is your 'consistent' or 'typical' food-related habits, idiosyncrasies and rituals."

First on the list are the slow-eaters --- those who love to take their sweet time as they finish their meal. Aside from knowing just how to appreciate life, Boghossian describes slow-eaters as confident and even-keeled people who often like to be in control.

Although there really are regular slow eaters out there, Boghossian adds being in a low or sad mood could also be a factor.

Fast eaters, on the other hand, have a tendency to be impatient. On the bright side, Boghossian adds fast-eaters are also goal-oriented, ambitious and open to new experiences.

"The speed at which you eat reveals the speed at which you take on and enjoy life," she said.

Also, "slow eating has been shown to be associated with decreased energy intake, increased satiety, and higher pleasantness ratings of meals," she added, while eating too fast could be linked to weight gain.

Meanwhile, those who always want to try new food a.k.a. adventurous eaters are known to be thrill-seekers and risk-takers. This "shows [one's] openness to trying new things outside of [one's] experience/comfort zone," Boghossian said.

Alternatively, those who don't love as much adventure or the picky eaters may have never grown out their childhood likes and dislikes. According to Julia Hormes, a psychologist that sepacializes in food behaviours at Albany's State University of New York, picky eaters might even be a little neurotic.

"Research on 'food neophobia' -- the reluctance to try new foods -- shows that it is related to certain personality traits, including sensation seeking, anxiety, and neuroticism," she said. "Those high in food neophobia appear to associate many avoided foods with a sense of disgust." 

Lastly, those who eat one food item at a time or the isolationists are said to be careful and detail-oriented.

"This behavior conveys a task-oriented personality versus a multi-tasking individual," Boghossian explained. "Also, it conveys a disciplined and border-line stubborn tendency to complete one task before moving on to another."

So which of these eaters are you?

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