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Binging big time?

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.

health and fitness Updated: May 28, 2012 17:43 IST

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:
a.
Yes
b. No
c. Maybe

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.

Most a’s
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.

Most b’s
You’re emotionally grounded. When you get emotional you rather communicate then carry the baggage and continue brooding.

Most c’s
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 shweta.k@hotmail.com