Are you a food addict?

Wow! Last night’s group was interesting. I know I am a food addict. I have been recovering and doing so much better over the last year. I noticed when my work world got crazy I started to have some of the same addictive thoughts again. So I pulled out the resources and we worked through the quiz together.
Originally the quiz stated to indicate yes or no. The problem is the “yes” really have not gone away for me but they have become significantly less intense and frequent. When you take a look at it think about your intensity (1-10) in the past and your intensity now.

A food addict can be anyone who is preoccupied with food, eating, and body image or who relies on food to soothe the effects of underlying emotions. Most food addicts suffer great anguish over their relationship with food. Food addicts often try to control their eating to compensate for the lack of control they deal in other areas of their lives.

Are you a food addict?
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 the “get rid of the binge” through vomiting, exercise, laxatives or other forms of purging?
5. Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
6. Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?
7. Is your weight problem due to your “nibbling” all day long?
8. Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
9. Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
10. Do you eat when you are 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 be sure you have “enough”?
16. Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
17. Do you obsessively calculate the calories you have burned against the calories you have eaten?
18. Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you have eaten?
19. Are you waiting for you life to begin “when you lose the weight”?
20. Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?

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