What if food isn't the problem, but dieting is the primary addiction? After all, bingeing is the natural response to extreme deprivation.
Some estimate that 80% of women in America are chronic dieters. Only 5% keep their weight off long-term. The rest gain it back plus some.
What if dieting is the cause of our nation's obesity epidemic, instead of the cure? How can you tell if you have crossed over the line into compulsive dieting?
Here's a quiz I have put together based on my experience with addiction recovery and what I'm learning about my dieting life.
ARE YOU A COMPULSIVE DIETER?
1. Do you use dieting to feel good about yourself?
2. Do you consider yourself a failure if you don't complete a diet?
2. Have you compromised your health with fad diets, extreme caloric restriction, or yo-yo dieting?
3. Do you do the same thing over and over, expecting different results?
4. Has your desire to look good turned into an obsession with food or body image?
5. Do you label yourself as 'good' or 'bad' based on what you ingest or what you weigh?
6. Do you weigh yourself, then weigh again to see if you get a different result?
7. Do you eat in secret so people don't know you're off your diet?
8. Do you use your struggle with weight as an excuse to avoid full participation in life?
If you answered "yes" to 3 or more, you may be addicted to dieting.
Kim Halsey is a Human Resource professional, author, speaker, and Executive Coach certified in multiple disciplines to help people overcome life damaging habits and restore family relationships.