Study: Attitude Controls Health
UNIVERSITY OF MELBORNE
MONDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2012
A ‘can do’ attitude is the key to a healthy lifestyle, University of Melbourne economists have determined.
Researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research analysed data on the diet, exercise and personality type of more than 7,000 people.
The study found those who believe their life can be changed by their own actions ate healthier food, exercised more, smoked less and avoided binge drinking.
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, said those who have a greater faith in ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ are more likely to live an unhealthy life.
“Our research shows a direct link between the type of personality a person has and a healthy lifestyle,“ she said.
Professor Cobb-Clark hoped the study would help inform public health policies on conditions such as obesity.
“The main policy response to the obesity epidemic has been the provision of better information, but information alone is insufficient to change people’s eating habits,” she said.
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