What Your Eating Habits Reveal About Your Personality

You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. But it may be more accurate to say that you are how you eat.

Last week, an unscientific but all-too-relatable listicle on LittleThings.com broke down different personality types based on eating habits, examining the personalities of people who eat fast, slow, adventurously and everything in between.

Is there any psychological basis to these claims? Actually, there might be.

According to Juliet Boghossian, a Los Angeles-based behavioral food expert and founder of food behavior research firm Food-ology, we can “absolutely” make inferences about someone’s personality based on their eating habits.

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

We talked to Boghossian and Julia Hormes, a psychologist specializing in food behaviors at the State University of New York at Albany, about what our eating habits really say about who we are. Here’s what they had to say about a few popular eating styles.

The Slow Eater

We all know the type: After everyone else has finished their meal, you’ll find this person plodding along, eating one little bite at a time. When sitting down at the table, the slow eater takes his or her sweet time — and is always the last person to finish the meal.

According to Boghossian, slow eaters are usually people who like to be in control and know how to appreciate life. They also tend to be confident and even-keeled.

People who eat slowly only sometimes, however, may do so because of low energy or a sad mood.

“Our mood is known to affect our eating rate,” Hormes said.

While slow eaters might feel pressured to —> Read More