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A psychologist suggests that a person's personality may also effect their weight

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Keeping the weight off for good is not just about working out and dieting.  A psychologist at the University of Texas is uncovering another factor in obesity, personality.  Dr. Martin Deschner says there's a definite "prototype." 

"Someone who gives a lot to others, someone who is a caretaker," said Dr. Deschner. "They are peacemakers, you can think of it like that. They don't like to be argumentative very often. Handling situations assertively is often not their strong suit. These people are giving every which way, but they are not taking care of themselves and the only way that they can find to do that many times is to eat."

Dr. Deschner says stress is usually the trigger and that kind of personality internalizes stress.  So, he tells obese patients make an effort to take 30 minutes out of each day to completely relax, to help manage the stress.

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