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Healthy Outlook Tied to Overall Health

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:38 AM

Think you can improve your overall health by making personal changes in your lifestyle? You’re right.
That’s the chief finding of a new study, by scientists from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, that tracked the diets, exercise routines, and personality types of more than 7,000 people.
Researchers found individuals who believed their lives could be improved by their own actions tended to eat healthier diets, exercise regularly, smoke less, and avoid binge drinking more than those who said overall health is largely due to factors beyond their control, such as “luck” or “fate.”
"Our research shows a direct link between the type of personality a person has and a healthy lifestyle," said lead researcher Deborah Cobb-Clark, the institute’s director. "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.
"Understanding the psychological underpinning of a person's eating patterns and exercise habits is central to understanding obesity."
The study – which analyzed data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey – also found men and women tend to have different views on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
In general, Cobb-Clark said, men wanted physical results from their healthy choices, while women were more likely to be happy with everyday enjoyment of leading a healthy lifestyle.
As a result, she said: "What works well for women may not work well for men. Gender specific policy initiatives which respond to these objectives may be particularly helpful in promoting healthy lifestyles."

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People who think they can improve their health by making lifestyle changes live better than those who don't, new research finds.
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