Could You be a Food Addict like me? Read on.....
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This is a continuation on the subject of Food Addicts. My first blog about it was last night.
Could you Be a Food Addict?
Your answers to the following questions may help you identify whether you have a food addiction problem:
1. Has anyone ever told you that you have a problem with food?
2. Do you think food is a problem for you?
3. Do you eat large amounts of high-calorie food in short amounts of time?
4. Do you eat over feelings?
5. Can you stop eating whenever you wish?
6. Has your eating or weight ever interfered with your jobs, relationships, or finances?
7. How often do you weigh?
8. Do you ever judge yourself by the number on your scale?
9. Do you often eat more than you planned to eat?
10. Have you hidden food or eaten in secret?
11. Have you become angry when someone eats food you have put aside for yourself?
12. Have you ever been anxious about your size, shape, or weight?
13. How many weight loss programs have you tried?
14. List all of the ways you have attempted to lose weight.
15. Do you manipulate ways to be alone so that you can eat privately?
16. Do your friends and companions over-eat or binge eat?
17. How often do you over-eat?
The path to recovery involves recognition, admission, and acceptance. Identification of the problem -- realizing that something is wrong -- leads to recovery.
This list taken from www.kaysheppard.com
Here is another list of similar questions worded a little differently.
1. Do you find that you have no 'stopping mechanism' and even though you want to 'stop' eating, you can't?
2. Are you obsessed with food? Think about food all the time? And your weight too?
3. Have you attempted one diet plan after another, with no lasting success?
4. Do you binge and/or purge?
5. Do you eat in secret? Are you a closet eater?
6. Are you an emotional eater? Do you use food to escape your feelings?
7. Do you eat even when you are not hungry?
8. Do you eat and then exercise excessively to burn it off?
9. Do you eat, and then feel shame or guilt for about the foods you've just eaten, and then beat yourself up for doing so?
10. Have you put your life on hold until you lose weight? Do you say, "When I lose weight, then I will ____?
Another list with a few additional questions in this one:
1 Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn't?
2 Do you think about food or your weight constantly?
3 Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
4 Do you binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
5 Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
6 Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
7 Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?
8 Is your weight problem due to your "nibbling" all day long?
9 Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
10 Do you eat when you're not hungry?
11 Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later?
12 Do you eat in secret?
13 Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake?
14 Have you ever stolen other people's food?
15 Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have "enough?"
16 Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
17 Do you obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten?
18 Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten?
19 Are you waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight?"
20 Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?
I realize these seem redundant but I liked the various lists and I found I could relate to most ALL of the questions and answer yes.
Let me tell you one thing! THERE is hope.. THERE is a way to not have to feel so lost and overwhelmed on your journey!
Tomorrow I will blog and share more information with you !
Please leave me your comments! I appreciate them and want to encourage you to dig deep within yourselves and if you feel like you could be food addict I want you to know there is hope!
I have lived many years with overwhelming physical cravings. They seem to dominate my life. No amount of “willpower” can stop them. I felt powerless to stop eating.
These physical cravings for certain foods have caused me to overeat. I have not “stopping power” with doritoes and other chips. I have always loved crunchy things like nuts, chips and crackers. My husband used to tell me he thought I could live on chips and Mtn. Dew!
“For us that are food addicts our physiological needs have caused us to abandon all rational thinking when certain foods are involved.”
From the book WHY CAN’T I STOP EATING?” by Debbie Danowski
Example taken from the book is this:
“While your mind may be telling you not to eat that cupcake, your body, because of its needs, is overpowering your intellect.”
“Intellectually, you know that eating the cupcake will cause you to gain weight, make you break out, and even make you feel guilty. Biologically, however, your are unable to resist your need to eat. You may even eat a whole dozen, while still knowing all of this. Your physiological needs have caused you to abandon all rational thinking when certain foods are involved.”
CAN any of you relate to that feeling? “feeling powerless” I call it!