Friday, August 04, 2006

Signs of Food Addiction

According to recovery experts, you may be at risk if you answer yes to any of these questions.

1. Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn't? Yes.
2. Do you think about food or your weight constantly? Yes.
3. Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success? No.
4. Do you binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives or other forms of purging? No.
5. Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people? No.
6. Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight? No.
7. Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)? Yes.
8. Is your weight problem due to your "nibbling" all day long? Yes.
9. Do you eat to escape from your feelings? Yes.
10. Do you eat when you're not hungry? Yes.
11. Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later? No.
12. Do you eat in secret? Yes.
13. Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake? No.
14. Have you ever stolen other people's food? No.
15. Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have "enough"? Yes.
16. Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight? No.
17. Do you obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten? No.
18. Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten? Yes.
19. Are you waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight"? No.
20. Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food? Yes.


At 3:23 PM, Blogger Katie (WannaBeMom) said...

Bah. I don't know one woman who wouldn't answer yes to at least ONE of those questions...

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Sunset said...

I answered yes to every single question listed here :( If you ever want chat about food issues, let me know!

At 11:28 AM, Blogger amishhalfbreed said...

Some of these questions can be compared to those you answer in a lie detector test...I mean if you answer truthfully, some you will say yes to, but there is an explanation to it. So, it's hard to say that just answering a few questions with a yes qualifies you as a food addict. However, I would say answering all of them does. Sunset, I hope you are in a healthy place. Good luck to you both!

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

I scored 15/20 in the "yes" column. Hmmm...

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Ottoette said...

13 yeses here
Wow, that's wild. I just read these the other night on another site and was surprised at how many I said yes to, and then put it out of my mind and here they are again! Thanks, I think!

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

Here from micheles after chuckling at your "deal or no deal" answer. :) I've struggled with eating issues/disorders/addiction since my teens. I answered yes to a bunch! :/ Sometimes I think it'll be a lifelong wrestling match!


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