Eating Disorder Self-Assessment
“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
The following questions can help determine if you have crossed the line between healthy dieting and a dangerous obsession.
- Do you spend more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food and planning or shopping for your meals?
- Do you often dwell on tomorrow’s menu today?
- Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating?
- Has the quality of your life decreased as the quality of your diet has increased?
- Do you keep getting stricter with yourself?
- Do you sacrifice experiences you once enjoyed, to eat the food you believe is right?
- Do you feel an increased sense of self-esteem when you eat healthy food? Do you look down on others who don’t?
- Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet?
- Does your diet isolate you socially?
- When you eat the way you are supposed to, do you feel a peaceful sense of control?
If you have answered yes to five or more of these, talking with Dr. Stanger will give you the opportunity to explore the possibilities available to you.
Source: Excerpt from Clayton, Victoria. “The Dieter’s Quiz.” Health Magazine. June 2001 (113)