How can personality influence how people eat?

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Abby Ellin
Nutrition & Dietetics
“Perfectionism is a strong trait in restrictive eaters, whereas impulsive behavior is in someone who binges or compulsively eats,” says Dr. Andrew J. Hill, a psychologist and senior lecturer in Behavioral Sciences at the University of Leeds in England, who did his thesis on hunger and satiety. “If you think about how people respond to emotional distress, in terms of eating, it’s quite unpredictable. Some people eat in response to depression or anxiety and get mood release from eating. Others in the same situation lose their appetite. That’s a really interesting dichotomy.”  
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