Are you addicted to food?
In her new book, “The Hunger Fix,” Dr. Pam Peeke believes emerging research is evidence that food addiction is real, although not all doctors agree.
Yale researchers developed a Food Addiction Scale to gauge whether a person shows addictive behavors towards certain foods. Here is a short version of the quiz that you can try at home.
Please score in the following manner:
0 – Never
1 – Oncer per month
2 – Two to three times per month
3 – Two to three times per week
4 – Four+ times per week
1. I find myself consuming certain foods even though I am no longer hungry?
2. I worry about cutting down on certain foods.
3. I feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
4. I have spent time dealing with negative feelings from overeating certain foods, instead of spending time in important activities such as time with family, friends, work, or recreation.
5. I have had physical withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and anxiety when I cut down on certain foods (Do NOT include caffeinated drinks: coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, etc.)
6. My behavior with respect to food and eating causes me signficant distress.
7. Issues related to food and eating decrease my ability to function effectively (daily routine, job/school, social or family activities, health difficulties).
And then answer the following questions “Yes” or “No”:
8. I kept consuming the same types or amounts of food despite signficant emotional and/or physical problems related to my eating.
9. Eating the same amount of food does not reduce negative emotions or increase pleasurable feelings the way it used to.
Scoring: To meet the food addiction criteria, you need to have answered “yes” to either (or both) Questions 8 and 9 AND met the scores below on three of more of Questions 1 through 7.
3. 3 or 4
4. 3 or 4
5. 3 or 4
6. 3 or 4
7. 3 or 4
Source: “The Hunger Fix,” by Dr. Pam Peeke, Yale Food Addiction Scale (see the full scale HERE)