Crave Ice cream? Like no other man. Addicted? Not!

Craving an ice cream fix - Food Addiction - New York Times Magazine

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.

  1. 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.)
  2. I feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.  (DK Score: 2.  Shocking actually.  I think I have built up a gorging stamina.)
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.

  1. 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.))
  2. 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


  1. My kryptonite is chocolate – preferably dark chocolate almond bark.


  2. Well…since we’re talking ice cream, mine is strawberry with fresh strawberries and walnuts mixed in, at the Cold Stone Creamery. I passed the test, I’m someone who forgets to eat at all. That must also be some kind of problem. I think it’s called “too much to do and not enough time.” 🙂


  3. Ice cream…mmmmmmmm. Just say the word and I head towards DQ….Love the peanut butter cup blizzards…absolutely no will power when it comes to these. I passed the “test”, but may just have to stop by DQ once I leave the office…only a 10 minute detour.:)


  4. My weakness is nachos. Any place, any time. But I passed the test. Tomorrow morning, 6:00 am, I shall go run several miles to work off my love for nachos. Lots of running, lots of nachos- it is all about balance:) Thanks for sharing.


  5. I think I’d join Kristin on the nachos craving. I’ll always choose salty over sweet.


  6. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    SPLIT THE BABY??? Who ARE you? Solomon?


  7. Laughing…I love it when you talk to yourself and let us listen, David. And while I don’t quite possess your {ahem} dedication to eating items of the cacao persuasion, I must confess that a good ice cream cone suits me right down the ground now and again. And since we’re in full confession mode here, I polished off a kiddie cone of Moosetracks quite handily last night (vanilla ice cream with huge chunks of dark chocolate and little peanut butter cups scattered liberally throughout). Mmmmmm, that’s all I’m sayin’….. 🙂


    • Wow, no sugar, salt, junk food addictions. Yet, she walks up and down a ladder that goes to nowhere. I don’t get it. Now, Moosetracks, that is something special. I can vacuum this stuff up in gallons.


  8. I think I want what Lori had last night…I passed, none of it makes me crazy, though I do like chocolate, and mocha chip ice cream is my absolute fav..


  9. I loooove Ice-creams, but not allowed to eat. What a pity.


  10. Passed … whew. My weakness is ripple potato chips. If the bag opens, I am lost!


  11. No weaknesses anymore. It used to be chocolate cake with ice cream. I do have a liking for treacle tart, but only have it as a treat. I’m very strong minded. If I decide something is bad for me, I just stop eating it and find something else that’s equally tasty that I can tolerate. I’m not good with anything with cow’s milk in it — digestion-wise or re the clarity of my singing voice.


  12. I absolutely love macadamias and cashew nuts. 🙂


  13. Passed the quiz…not addicted. I do love my snacks of any kind. You name it i like it!! I was with you on the milk chocolate & almonds till the last year. For health reasons now on dark chocolate & coconut milk ice cream.


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