If you are looking for a paper and pencil test, try the self-assessment questions below:
- While on a diet, do I “lose it” after a few days?
- When I lose weight, do I gain back even more?
- Do I obsessively calculate the calories I’ve burned against the calories I’ve eaten?
- Am I thinking about food or my weight all the time?
- Do I have physical problems resulting from the way I eat, or don’t eat?
- Do I eat large amounts of food in a short period of time?
- Do certain foods trigger binges?
- Do I weigh myself once or twice (or more) a day?
- Do I eat differently in front of people than I do when I’m alone?
- Do I have emotional problems resulting from the way I eat or don’t eat?
- Do I find it difficult to stop eating without a struggle after one or two sweets?
- Have I done serious work in psychotherapy only to find my “food problem” was unaffected?
Answering one or more of these questions with a “yes” could indicate a food addiction.
For a more rigorous assessment of obesity, eating disorders and chemical dependency on food, here are three assessments for “Normal”, “Emotional” and “Food Addicted” eaters.