by Joanna Poppink, M.F.C.C
Are You An Overeater? A Check List.
Your doctor, friends, family, nutritionist and calorie tables may describe
your eating as too much, too little or strange. They may describe it
as healthy and within reasonable limits. Only you know the details of
your eating habits and the influence food has in your life.
Do any of these food related statements describe
||I eat meal portions larger than
||I eat privately before eating
publicly to disguise how much I eat.
||I'm a "grazer," eating
throughout the day and evening.
||I eat alone after being with friends
||I crowd my mind with thoughts
||I starve myself for hours or days
to create guilt free eating time.
||I binge. (Classically binge eating
involves massive eating in a short period of time. But while a
quart of ice cream may be a binge to one person a small dish may
be a binge to another. If you think or feel you binge, that self
defined binge behavior is something to explore.)
||I vomit or use laxatives to ride
myself of food I've eaten.
||I exercise regularly and specifically
to burn up calories from what I think is too much food.
||I have some private rituals regarding
The thread which runs through these behaviors is that you are eating
for reasons other than food hunger. In addition, if eating ranks among
the most satisfying emotional or stress reducing experiences in your
life, you may be living with too many unsatisfying relationships with
Why you live this way may be a secret even from you. Understanding
the link between your undesirable eating habits and neglected aspects
of your personal life can help free you from overeating.
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