Background: Personality may be an important yet understudied influence on childhood obesity.
Objective: We investigated the association between children's personality traits and weight status in a sample of 1533 6-12 year olds.
Methods: Mothers rated their child's personality using the Norwegian Hierarchical Personality Inventory for Children, and reported on their child's height and weight.
Results: Relative to their normal weight peers, overweight children were rated lower on energy, optimism, compliance, concentration, perseverance, and self-confidence, and higher on egocentricity, irritability, and anxiety.
Conclusions: These findings suggest possible mechanisms to investigate in future research relating personality to childhood obesity.
Keywords: Behavioural mechanisms; children; obesity; personality traits.
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