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The Slow Eater
After everyone else has finished their meal, you'll find this person plodding along, eating one little bite at a time. When sitting down at the table, the slow eater takes his or her sweet time -- and is always the last person to finish the meal.
Slow eaters are usually people who like to be in control and know how to appreciate life. They also tend to be confident and even-keeled. There are some real health perks to being a slow eater. Slow eating has been shown to be associated with decreased energy intake, increased satiety, and higher pleasantness ratings of meals.
The Fast Eater
There's a good chance you or someone else in your family fits the description of the fast eater -- and if you grew up with a fast eater, you probably developed a habit of fighting for seconds. This person tends to barrel through meals, cleaning the plate before the rest of the table has finished even half of their meal.
Away from the table, fast eaters tend to be ambitious, goal-oriented and open to new experiences, but they may also have a tendency to be impatient.
The adventurous eater is always looking for the next gastronomic adventure. When it comes to food -- and probably other areas of life -- this person is a thrill-seeker and a risk-taker.
Being an adventurous eater shows one's openness to trying new things outside of one's comfort zone.
The Picky Eater
This person may never have grown out of their childhood likes and dislikes, or the tendency to turn up his or her nose at an unfamiliar cuisine. This eater can often be found asking a waiter if the dish can be served without sauce or with dressing on the side.
Research on 'food neophobia' -- the reluctance to try new foods -- shows that it is related to certain personality traits, including sensation seeking, anxiety, and neuroticism. Those high in food neophobia appear to associate many avoided foods with a sense of disgust.
The isolationist, one of the more unusual eating types, approaches the plate methodically, eating one food item in its entirety before moving on to the next.
This behavior conveys a task-oriented personality versus a multi-tasking individual. Also, it conveys a disciplined and border-line stubborn tendency to complete one task before moving on to another.