How impulsiveness and variety influence food intake in a sample of healthy women

Appetite. 2007 Jan;48(1):119-22. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2006.06.004. Epub 2006 Sep 7.


This study investigates to what extent an impulsive personality, a varied food environment and their interaction influence food intake. We also investigated whether high-impulsives would exhibit more "eating disordered" thoughts and behaviours. Forty-five low-impulsives and forty-one high-impulsives did a bogus taste test with varied or monotonous food. As expected, high impulsives had a higher food intake compared to low impulsives. Moreover, high-impulsives reported significantly more "eating disordered" thoughts and behaviours than low-impulsives. Neither a main effect of variety nor an interaction between variety and impulsivity were found.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eating / physiology
  • Eating / psychology*
  • Energy Intake / physiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology*
  • Personality
  • Risk Factors