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Questionnaire - Are You A Compulsive Overeater?

This series of questions may help you determine if you have a problem with compulsive overeating.

  1. Do I eat when I'm not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment?
  2. Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I'm stuffed or even feel sick?
  3. Do I have feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?
  4. Do I eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when I am alone? 
  5. Is my eating affecting my health or the way I live my life?
  6. When my emotions are intense -- whether positive or negative -- do I find myself reaching for food?
  7. Do my eating behaviors make me or others unhappy?
  8. Have I ever used laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, excessive exercise, diet pills, shots, or other medical interventions (including surgery) to try to control my weight?
  9. Do I fast or severely restrict my food intake to control my weight?
  10. Do I fantaszie about how much better life would be if I were a different size or weight?
  11. Do I need to chew or have something in my mouth all the time: food, gum, mints, candies, or beverages?
  12. Have I ever eaten food that is burned, frozen, or spoiled; from containers in the grocery store; or out of the garbage?
  13. Are there certain foods I can't stop eating after having the first bite?
  14. Have I lost weight with a diet or "period of control" only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain?
  15. Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, plannig the next diet or exercise cure, or counting calories?
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Have you answered "yes" to several of these quesitons? If so, it is possible that you have, or are well on your way to having, a compulsive eating or overeating problem.

 

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