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Eating Habits and Personality: A Surprising Connection

Eating Habits and Personality: A Surprising Connection

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Vicki Santillano | DivineCaroline

September 16, 2009

When it comes to eating habits, I’m definitely my father’s daughter. He taught me that mixing food together creates a sloppy mess that looks unappetizing, but tantalizes the taste buds in a thousand different ways. My mom, on the other hand, enjoys each side dish separately. She can’t fathom my love for mingling flavors any more than I understand her stringent “one flavor at a time” policy.

I never considered that our different eating habits could coincide with our different personalities. But according to Juliet A. Boghossian, behavioral food expert and founder of Food-ology, a belief that eating styles are related to character traits, we aren’t just what we eat—we’re how we eat, too.

Food-ology’s Origins

Boghossian developed the concept after noticing a connection between the way her dad ate and the way he acted. After studying non-verbal and verbal communication in school, she made her findings a science and used it to analyze people. “Our food habits are one of the most instinctual habits we have,” Boghossian explains. “It’s a universal need with no boundaries, regardless of economic or social status.” Because of this, she believes our food habits can reveal a great deal about ourselves. “You can fake a food habit … but eventually, the instincts will kick in,” she says, thus uncovering the real you.

The Most Common Eating Habits

After twenty years of studying the way people eat, there are a few traits Boghossian encounters more than others. Chances are most people fall under at least one of these categories.

Slow Eaters
Boghossian believes that those who dine slowly are wed to routines and are stubborn. They make a point of savoring their food, indicating that they make the most out of every experience. They’re also more likely to put themselves and their needs before anyone else’s. As she puts it, “they are the priority in their lives.”

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