Here’s a Health Quiz for Eating Issues and Weight Issues
Take Inventory and Take the First Step to Begin Your
Healing Journey to Weight Success
The path and the process when healing eating issues and weight issues contains many twists and turns that can confuse you. Each person’s journey is unique, but certain behavioral similarities are fundamental at the start for nearly everyone who is affected. Why?
The sociocultural roots of eating issues and weight issues are hidden deep in plain view. They are revealed in the often unspoken and generally accepted norms we hold about the world in which we live. These norms are primarily constructed by the combined attitudes of men and women who live in our culture and society.
It is always surprising to me to find out how deeply embedded these sociocultural systems are within each of us. Yet, the first step to freeing ourselves from them forever is taking stock of the conscious and unconscious influence these norms hold on us individually. If you can recognize these embedded norms and then choose to consciously take the steps necessary to live the principles of healthy eating, you have gained an immeasurable gift. You can then begin a healing journey toward weight success once and for all.
Your tallied answers may surprise you, but they can also act as a catalyst and a wake-up call. To find out for yourself how immune or immersed you are in these biases, complete the Health Quiz for Eating issues and Weight Issues by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions.
Health Quiz for Eating Issues and Weight Issues
Have you ever:
(1) Thought constantly about food or talked incessantly about dieting?
(2) Felt overwhelming emotional stress?
(3) Felt depressed with low self-esteem over several weeks, months, or longer?
(4) Felt out of control?
(5) Believed that all it takes to conquer weight issues and eating issues is willpower?
(6) Tried to restrict your diet to lose weight gained from overeating?
(7) Felt guilty or ashamed about your eating habits or patterns?
(8) Started eating, then found you couldn’t stop?
(9) Eaten so much at night that you could hardly get up in the morning?
(10) Experienced relationship or family problems because of overeating, dieting, bingeing or purging?
(11) Held high expectations or standards for yourself and others?
(12) Told family what you think they want to hear about your eating habits, rather than the truth?
(13) Maintained a lower or higher than average weight?
(14) Gorged yourself, then used exercise, vomiting, or laxatives so you wouldn’t gain weight?
(15) Placed overt importance on your physical appearance?
(16) Admitted physical appearance is of ultimate importance to your family and/or yourself?
(17) Experienced swollen glands from vomiting?
(18) Experienced menstrual irregularities?
(19) Felt compelled to monitor what you or your children ate?
If you answered yes for one to five of these questions, then you’re reading this at a good time.
If you answered yes to five to ten questions, it’s a wake-up call. Pay attention to the warning signs of weight issues and eating issues now and begin seeking help. Implementing a commitment is a good first step.
If you answered yes to ten to fifteen questions, consider employing the help of a qualified therapist as you use other tips and tools, for the sake of your health and well-being.
If you or someone you know can answer yes to fifteen or more questions, it’s time for immediate action or a personal intervention. If Healthy eating has been absent from your life or the life of someone you love, your life or theirs may be at stake.
Take the First Steps to Healing and weight success -
The first step on the journey to healing is to take inventory of where you are in relation to societal attitudes about food and weight. Stop here and be willing to complete the Health Quiz. If you’ve already completed the Health Quiz for Eating Issues and Weight Issues go to the next step. This step is to make a commitment to become fully involved in techniques, exercises, and the process of actually doing the principles of healthy eating. Once you make your commitment keep it lightly in your mind. This is like giving it a charge, the same principle as charging your cell phone battery.
This step is equally important. Make that commitment to become sincerely involved in techniques, exercises, and the process of changing whatever needs to be adjusted to live the principles of healthy eating. After you make your commitment to “walk the walk,” your life will change forever. So chose to feel better now by making one healthy choice for today.
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Kathleen Fuller, Ph.D.‘s work as a leading eating disorder expert, Licensed Counselor, and National Certified Hypnotherapist, has helped countless individuals find happiness that has eluded them. Finding her own power to change has enabled Dr. Fuller to become a recognized authority on dysfunctional behaviors and find personal accomplishment as a painter, author, and in academic research. Fuller is known to her patients as The Surgeon of the Subconscious. www.notyourmothersdiet.com
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