Emotional Eating Quiz

Are You An Emotional Eater?

What do you do when you’re feeling down, stressed, tired or just plain bored? Reach for chocolate or biscuits to make yourself feel better? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. In fact, research suggests that 75% of our eating habits are led by our emotions. Often when we are at our weakest points emotionally we make our worst food choices. This isn’t a problem if it happens just occasionally but what happens when our emotions start to take over our eating habits? Are we simply feeding our feelings? It does us no harm to indulge in food cravings now and again, however, it can cause problems if we allow our emotions (e.g. stress, frustration etc.) to dictate our food choices on a regular basis to the point where it starts to affect our weight and health.

What is Emotional Eating?

Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe emotions (often negative), such as stress, anger, boredom, sadness and loneliness. However, emotional eating can also be linked to positive feelings too such as romance, reward and celebration.

Why is it a Problem?

Emotional eating can seriously sabotage your weight loss efforts because it’s a vicious cycle - your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for pigging out, you feel bad, and you overeat again. As therapists we see so many people trapped in this cycle which is why we believe that getting a handle on any tendency to eat in response to emotions is one of the most important factors in achieving long-term weight management.

So how do you know if you are you an emotional eater?

Take the quiz below to find out…

 

1) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat when you’re feeling down or browned off?
2) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat when you’re trying to postpone doing something you don’t feel like doing?
3) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat when you’re tired and need a pick-me-up?
4) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat when you feel stressed or frustrated?
5) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat when you’re bored and can’t think of anything better to do?
6) How often do you eat unhealthy foods or overeat to reward yourself?
7) How often to you eat past the point of just feeling mildly full?
8) How often do you experience a sudden craving for a specific food e.g. chocolate?
9) How often do you go out of your way to satisfy a particular food craving, for example make a special trip to the garage late at night?
10) How often do you feel secretive or guilty in relation to what and how much you are eating?
11) Do you have negative thoughts about yourself if you have binge eaten or eaten unhealthy foods?

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