Your feelings of anger, frustration, loneliness, sadness, boredom, or even happiness might be causing you to overeat. You are probably an emotional overeater.
By: Andrea Metcalf
Take this short quiz to find out.
- I turn to food when I’m sad, disappointed, or lonely. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I often eat past the point of fullness. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- When I’m upset, I crave sweets or salty snack foods. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- When I go to parties or dine out with friends, I tend to overeat. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- If I eat too much, I feel guilty afterwards. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I eat more than I should when I’m home alone or bored. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- My moods have the biggest influence on when and how I eat. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I like to nurture family and friends with food. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I think about food a lot. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I am unhappy with my weight, but I overeat anyway. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- Eating is my favorite activity. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I tend to clean my plate; I don’t like to waste food. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- I binge habitually. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- The large amount of food I eat embarrasses me. Yes ___Â Â No ___
- Sugary foods tend to calm me down. Yes ___Â Â No ___
Count up your yeses and your noes.
If you answered yes to eight or more questions:
Your feelings of anger, frustration, loneliness, sadness, boredom, or even happiness might be causing you to overeat. And you are probably an emotional overeater. You may be eating too much or eating chaotically, but what you are really feeding is something in your life: relationship problems, broken dreams, financial worries, or problems at work. Try the strategies in this chapter, but don’t be afraid to seek professional help.
If you answered yes to four to seven questions:
You may be struggling with some emotions from time to time. You are a borderline emotional overeater. At this point, it will be easier to get your eating habits under control by applying some of the strategies in this chapter.
If you circled three or fewer yeses:
You probably aren’t an emotional overeater. You may occasionally use food to cope, but for the most part, it doesn’t interfere with your ability to manage your weight.
Â© 2010 Andrea Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 Days Lifestyle Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain Free Body.
About the Author:
Andrea Metcalf, author ofÂ Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 Day Lifestyle Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain Free Body, has been teaching fitness, training clients, and coaching on subjects of nutrition and health for the past 27 years.Â Her inspiring and approachable personality has helped build her reputation as a nationally known fitness expert.Â Andrea is a regular contributor ofÂ MORE, Self, andÂ Women’s World, among other magazines, and a regular blogger on Oprah.com. She frequently appears onÂ Today, Good Morning America Health, NBC5 in Chicago, and the nationally syndicated Better TV.
Andrea holds a BS in Exercise Science and has grown her career by creating unique programs of her own including Paws-ilates, Sil-ilites, and Live-ilates, featured on Oprah.com.Â Over the years, Andrea has written numerous articles on health and fitness.Â She is a national fitness presenter, motivational speaker, and has a series of fitness DVDs.
She also counsels and trains individuals, leads “Naked Fitness” groups, and speaks to companies across the country, and is a national spokesperson forÂ Sketchers Shape-Ups, Elations, Sears, The American Heart Association and others.Â Andrea has three children and lives in Chicago.