What's your Food Personality?


Knowing why and how you eat is a big part of developing a better relationship with food. It is difficult to measure a person’s personality however, self awareness is the first step. Below I’ve listed and described the main food personalities gleaned from behavioral research. Often we might be a combination of several of the personalities presented here.

The Anxious

The Anxious eater is driven by stress and anxiety levels. Food is often used for comfort, control and happiness. Anxious eaters have a history of dieting and binging. Their personalities are often sensitive and caring but low on self-esteem. They are great people, great workers but very good at masking their anxiety with false positivity and bravado.

Triggers – This personality tends to be affected the most by external changes – changes in work, home, relationships. So if they are business owners the stress of running a business can mean a constant cycle of stress and binging.

Strategies – for this personality type, good planning routines are essential. That means great meal prep combinations, rituals and storage organization. Learning how to find relaxation and distraction in other activities rather than eating is also very important . Another good coping strategy is to only eat at planned times and environments, such as at the dining table, not in front of the computer or TV screen.

Eat at planned times and environments, such as at the dining table, not in front of the computer or TV screen is essential to reducing stress-induced food choices.

The Socialite

The Socialite loves being out with friends for lunch, weekend breakfasts, evening outings where there always seems to be lots of yummy temptations. Socialite Eaters are erratic in their meal patterns. The 3 hour brunch is the only meal for the day until starving in the evening. An interesting trait for this personality is they love physical activity and often this is a big part of their social network, so its very tempting to use exercise as a trade off.

Triggers – This personality type loves to engage around food, they have great personalities. However, loneliness can be a destructive trigger, if not managed. These personalities need to be aware of parties and events where the food is free, plentiful and easily consumed – think finger food and home gatherings.

Strategies – Never go to parties and events hungry! Get meal preparation in order and develop a meal pattern so that you have eaten several meals during the day before going to the event. This is a great way to ensure portions are smaller when ordering or eating out.

The Pleaser

This personality type fits their own needs around others. They are great home keepers and often fill the fridge with great choices only to stand back and let everyone else eat it! Then they get frustrated when they don’t eat well. Weight loss is often on the minds of these personalities – they see it as an enormous task, one that is often too daunting. It’s much easier to make sure everyone else is properly fed.

Triggers – these personality types are obviously caring and self sacrificial and that is the problem, they put everyone else in the home first.

Strategies – Me time! At the gym and in the kitchen. Feed your self first. And make your food prep a priority, once you start doing this, you will feel empowered and relieved – you will will want you to keep doing it!

The Impulsive

People with this personality are guilty of jumping from one quick fix diet to the next, 10 day, 2 day detoxes and anything else they think might help. They self sabotage quickly and are vulnerable to poor food choices. This personality loves life, probably loves what they do so much that “food” and nutrition is an after thought, until they jump on the scales again or have that birthday event coming up.

Triggers – Eating Erratically, making impulsive choices and not sticking to patterns is a strong characteristic of these personalities.

Strategies – these personalities need systems! They need systems that construct an environment that surrounds them with better choices. This might not completely stop the impulse buying and decision making but will really minimize the damage. Also finding a very strong “why” they need to change is a cornerstone that needs to be cemented first with these people.


The No-nonsense personalities see food as fuel and nutrition. When it comes to food, they listen to their body not their head so weight problems are seldom an issue. However, these people are often busy and get immersed in daily tasks and forget to eat as well as they probably should.

Triggers – these personalities are great workers so big projects become a trigger for potential disruption in meal patterns. The trouble is, these personalities are always working on something big!

Strategies – make food enjoyable! Make your prep choices ones that you will really look forward to eating. Always keep these meals handy in a cooler where ever you go, you will look forward to your 3pm meal, and not skip it.

Knowing why and how you eat is a big part of developing a better relationship with food.

The Restrained

These people exhibit iron will power over what they eat, but to them it’s just the way it is.
These personalities do well with diets and meal printouts, they need rules, measurements and calculations or it all doesn’t make sense.

These people have perfectionist traits and high standards but when don’t hit the mark they become anxious and upset.

Triggers – the thought of being overweight or not in peak condition. Being told either of these can send them over the edge.

Strategies – lighten up! If these personalities made a few more mistakes they’d probably look and perform better! Expanding food choices is very difficult for these personalities and when people follow restricted choices for prolonged periods, improvements become harder and harder to achieve.

The Recluse

People that prefer to eat alone the foods they enjoy, tend to be recluse eaters. If overweight they might be embarrassed by eating certain foods in front of others. These people often avoid social gatherings where food is a focus. This personality tends to be low on social confidence and have developed this from childhood.

Triggers – Being alone does tend to promote unhealthy eating habits with these personalities so a detrimental cycle develops of avoiding social contact where food is involved and eating more often alone.

Strategies – Take up social invitations that are not as threatening and take small steps from there. Such as choosing to eat a meal with a friend regularly and build from there. Not shopping alone can be a great idea as you might be reluctant to buy lots of junk foods when shopping with others.

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