Deirdra Price, Ph.D., author of Healing the Hungry Self, has created a health quiz for you to asses your struggles with food, weight, and body-image. The following signs are the ones most commonly reported. To determine the symptoms you're currently experiencing, check the ones that apply to you.
If you checked three (3) or more symptoms, it's likely you're experiencing problems with food, weight, body-image, and self-acceptance. The more you check as true for you, the more serious the problems are and may indicate an eating disorder. If you are experiencing problems, seek help from a qualified mental health professional and/or physician who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders or weight-control problems.
- constantly think about food throughout the day?
- eat when you're not hungry but don't know why?
- eat when stressed out, bored, anxious, depressed, angry, or lonely?
- try every diet and exercise program on the market?
- continue to diet even though it doesn't lead to permanent weight loss?
- feel concerned or depressed about your weight, shape, and appearance?
- find that your happiness depends on what you weigh and how you look?
- "feel fat" and limit your activities as a result?
- greatly dislike your body and consider taking extreme measures to change it?
- engage in vigorous, long, and often painful exercise workouts to lose weight?
- think about purging (vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, excessive exercise) but have never followed through?
- engage in vomiting, use enemas, exercise excessively, or take laxatives, diuretics, diet pills, cocaine, crack, speed, or ephedrine to keep off weight?
- starve yourself as a way to control weight?
- have episodes of eating large amounts of food, vowing afterward to never do it again?
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Note: This checklist is not intended to be used as a diagnostic measurement, but rather as an opportunity for self-awareness. You can use this list to gain more understanding to make necessary changes.