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Andrea Borgatello, LCSW #LCS20359

Keep track on a piece of paper how many of the following statements are true for you.

I worry about other people noticing my eating habits.

I have thrown up on purpose.

I use (or have used) laxatives to control my weight.

I use (or have used) diet pills to control my weight.

I try to distract myself when I feel hunger pains to avoid calories.

Other people have told me that I need to eat more.

I like to cook for friends or family, but usually don't eat what I've made.

I prefer to eat alone.

I want to be the thinnest in my group of friends.

I worry about gaining weight if I don't exercise.

I find myself thinking about my weight several times per day.

I fear that if I start eating I won't be able to stop.

I have disposed of food to hide that I didn't eat it.

Sometimes I keep eating even when I already feel completely full.

I have lied to avoid eating with my friends or family.

I feel negatively about myself if I eat too many calories in one sitting, or in one day.

I think people are lying when they tell me I look skinny, or that i've lost weight.

The scale determines whether I have a good or bad day.

I frequently read books and websites related to dieting or eating disorders.

I know the calorie count of almost everything that I eat.

I sometime cut my food up into very small pieces before I eat it.

I have rituals when I eat. (such as always using the same plate)

I feel out of control in other areas of my life.

I'm never satisfied with myself.

People would not like me if they knew the real me.

I sometimes spit out food after chewing it.

In intimate situations I feel very self conscious of my body.

Although some of these habits, thoughts and attitudes may be seen as "normal", they are not healthy. Due to our society's demand for people to be thin, most people may relate to a few of the above statements. Clients often tell me that they have the same eating habits as other people they know. This is because many, many people have an unhealthy relationship with food.

The more statements you answer as true, the more chance you may be jeopardizing your long-term health and well-being.

Click here to download a printable version of this test. If you like, it can be used for us to begin a dialog about your concerns.

You can also cut and paste the questions that you answer as true into an email to send to me.

address: 106 West Mission, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone number 805-680-1216