Is your low self-worth making you depend on food more often than usual? Take the following quiz to know whether you’re a binger who turns to food for emotional security.
When I feel angry or sad:
a. I binge, despite knowing that I need to lose weight.
b. I talk to a person close to me and share my feelings.
c. Although I feel angry, I am unable to tell anyone. I just keep everything to myself and try to forget about it.
In a stressful situation, I am prone to excessive drinking, smoking:
While taking breaks to relax between work, I usually:
a. Eat or binge.
b. Talk to people who I regularly communicate with.
c. Be by myself or maybe indulge in recreations like playing a quick game on the phone or listening to music.
People usually associate me with:
a. Being a foodie
b. Being a fun-loving and care-free person
c. Being a fearful person or a loner
After getting into a conflict with someone:
a. I feel lonely and turn to food for comfort
b. I sulk for a while and then think of ways to sort the conflicting matter.
c. I get extremely affected by it but try not to show my feelings to the world.
You are, what I call, an ‘emotional eater’. You consider food as a comforting agent. You often find yourself getting into bouts of anger, anxiety or sadness, which crop up due to a constant feeling of emptiness.
You’re emotionally grounded. When you get emotional you rather communicate then carry the baggage and continue brooding.
You prefer to keep things to yourself and have a lot of emotions pent up inside you. You avoid sharing your problems with others.
do’s and dont’s
1. Work on your self-image interpersonal skills.
2. Seek professional help — a counselor or a life coach who can motivate you.
3. Don’t binge for comfort.
4. Don’t overeat snacks, especially at night.
5. Pursue hobbies.
Contact Dr Shweta Kansara at firstname.lastname@example.org