Join me in taking the NY Times Magazine Quiz: Are You Addicted to Food?
Part A: Answer 0 for never; 1 for once a month; 2 for two to four times a month; 3 for two to three times a week; and 4 for more than 4 times a week.
I find myself consuming certain foods even though I am no longer hungry. (DK Score: 4. Actually 4×4=16, if we are asked to uphold a Monk-level integrity standard here. I could eat ice cream 3 meals a day.)
I feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating. (DK Score: 2. Shocking actually. I think I have built up a gorging stamina.)
I have had physical withdrawal symptoms like agitation and anxiety when I cut down on certain foods (not including caffeinated drinks). (DK Score: Hmmmm. What if your normal condition is being agitated and anxious? Let’s split the baby here and give me a 2.)
My behavior with respect to food and eating causes me significant distress. (DK Score: 1. I’m should get “negative” points here. Eating actually brings me incredible joy and peace. That is, until my pants begin to snug up. Then we’re talking sirens.)
Part B: Answer Yes or No to the next two questions.
- I keep consuming the same types or amounts of food despite significant emotional and/or physical problems related to my eating. (DK Score: NO. Full disclosure…I do consume a abnormal amount of chocolate ice cream, chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Latest addiction (no pun intended): 100 calorie “Healthy Choice” Premium Fudge Bars. (3 per sitting.) But, I don’t encounter emotional or physical problems related to my eating. (God Bless my metabolism and gene pool.))
- Eating the same amount of food does not reduce negative emotions or increase pleasurable feelings the way it used to. (DK Score: YES. But I’m not sure that I even understand the question. I eat. I feel the same. Yes.)
Score: If you answered “yes” to Part B #1 and/or Part B #2 and answered 3 or 4 to two or more of the other questions in Part A, you may meet the criteria for food addiction as defined by the Yale Food Addiction Scale.
DK Grade: I was sweating it out…but I PASSED! The researchers at Yale say I’m GOOD. Time for Daddy to go treat himself to an ice cream bar!
See full article in The NY Times Magazine – Craving an Ice-Cream Fix