Researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Psychology recently confirmed the pretty obvious: If you're overweight, you have a hard time controlling your impulses. But one surprising finding is that overweight women have a harder time with impulse control than overweight men.


The scientists were measuring decision-making skills through "delay discounting" -- whether people would rather wait longer for more rewards or get a lesser prize ASAP. In the study, the prize was money to be given all at once or doled out over several years (the reward for a cash prize is thought to stimulate similar areas of the brain's pleasure center as overeating). Heavier women snubbed future rewards and preferred the immediate prize at a rate three to four times greater than that of normal-weight women.

Overweight Men More Patient
The surprise is that overweight men don't have the same weak impulse control. It may be due to a little personality trait called "eating-related disinhibition." Apparently, women succumb to this sort of stress eating (like scarfing down all that ice cream after work even though you swore you wouldn't) way more often than men.

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Sigh. We think we'll just add this to our list of Ways Men Have It Easier, placing it somewhere between "can have sex without getting attached" and "can play video games or watch sports all day without feeling guilty about not picking up the pile of laundry on the floor or emptying the dishwasher."

We're thinking these findings might also have something to do with another recent study claiming heavier women get more booty than their thin sisters. Does this compulsive tendency spill over into overweight women's sex lives, making them less discerning about what -- and who -- they do? At least one science blogger thinks so.

Tell us:
Does overeating make you more likely to overdo other things?


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