Weight Problem Test
Signs and symptoms that you have a weight/food problem
Being overweight is not primarily about what you eat. It is about why you eat the way you do. Problems with your weight are, of course, affected by what you eat and how much you exercise. More importantly, being overweight is often a result of stress, high demands on yourself, a negative self-image and cognitive traps that trigger feelings of disappointment, not being good enough, irritation and discouragement. These are emotions that are temporarily numbed with something good to put in your mouth.
Most people can quite easily lose a few pounds. What is tricky is to keep the weight off long-term. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you discover why you eat the way you do. It is not to satisfy your hunger but all too often you will find that you turn to food for comfort and stress relief. It is almost always emotions that makes you lose control of your eating - irritability, anxiety, disappointment, etc. Eating is just a coping strategy like smoking or alcohol. It is a symptom of imbalance in your life. Eating when you are upset/sad/angry, temporarily gives you a feeling of comfort. However, as soon as the piece of pie is gone, guilt and regret inevitably kick in and you end up feeling worse. Therefore, with emotional eating, food will ultimately only make you feel more upset or more stressed.
These are some common emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms that you have a weight/food problem:
You over-eat: Even though you are full, you cannot seem to stop eating (and you might even end up with frequent stomach pain).
You use food as comfort: Your eating is emotional and it makes you feel entitled to eat when you are sad/angry/stressed/bored etc.
You have sabotaging thoughts that entitle you to overeat: You think thoughts like “I am too lazy to lose weight” or “I was born fat so it does not matter how hard I work” …so you give in and overeat.
You rationalize your eating: You think thoughts like “I am at a big party; of course I deserve some cake” (even though you have made a promise to yourself to be on a non-sugar diet for the next three months).
You have tried several diets: but always end up at the same weight (or even heavier).
You are unable to stick to a diet or exercise plan: it does not matter how motivated you are in the beginning, you always give up after some time.
You are unable to deal with a diet mistake: and just eat even more, if you have made a mistake.
Your eating is triggered by certain situations: such as being unable to watch TV without a snack in your hand.
Being overweight or obese is linked to numerous chronic health problems, many of which can be avoided or significantly reduced by losing weight.
Suffering from obesity and being overweight can lead to or worsen diseases such as:
By combining conventional weight loss methods with cognitive behavioral therapy, you will be able to improve your self-esteem, learn new stress management strategies and use other coping skills besides food to manage emotions, loose weight and keep it off - long term.
Further reading: Overcome your weight problems with online therapy.
This weight problem test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.