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Are You An Emotional Eater?

Are You An Emotional Eater?

by Aviva Patz

Take our quiz to gauge your level of emotional eating — and get ready to stop swallowing your emotions (along with the contents of your pantry).

When your pal gets promoted at work — and you don’t — you’re likely to:
1 of 7 questions

Option A

Send a congratulatory e-mail and then call your mom/husband/girlfriend to complain

Option B

Send a congratulatory e-mail and then chew angrily on a Luna bar

Option C

Invite her out for a celebratory drink and while you’re at it, drown your sorrows in a margarita — or three

Option D

Pretend you’re pleased for your friend but then go home and scoff a pint of ice cream without realizing what’s behind the splurge

At a party where you don’t feel comfortable, you’re inclined to:
2 of 7 questions

Option A

Grab a stiff drink and start getting hammered. What a relief!

Option B

Circle the buffet table and sample all the goods. It’ll keep you busy.

Option C

Introduce yourself to people who look receptive and get wrapped up in conversation.

Option D

Pile your plate with goodies and go find a quiet corner in which to sit and eat

After you eat, you most often:
3 of 7 questions

Option A

Wonder where your food went: “Didn’t I have a huge taco on my plate?”

Option B

Look for seconds or contemplate dessert: “Are there any more cookies?”

Option C

Feel satisfied and get on with your day.

Option D

Feel a little sick. You chowed the whole plateful in 10 minutes flat.

When you’re frustrated, tense, anxious or blue, you’re likely to:
4 of 7 questions

Option A

Take the dog for a walk in the park

Option B

Hit the vending machine at work for a little pick-me-up

Option C

Call a pal

Option D

Write in a journal

Option E

Dig into your good friends Ben & Jerry

Option F

Answers B and C

Option G

Answers A, C and D

Option H

Answers A and E

Option I

None of the above

When you have time to kill, you’re most likely to:
5 of 7 questions

Option A

Make popcorn

Option B

Check e-mail or play computer games

Option C

Hit the local Starbucks

Option D

Run errands

Option E

Answers A and D

Option F

Answers B and D

Option G

Answers B and C

Option H

None of the above

When you suffer a setback, you tend to:
6 of 7 questions

Option A

Believe the worst about yourself: “If I didn’t have zero willpower, I never would have polished off the pie.”

Option B

See the negative in every situation: “The party was ruined because the appetizers were burnt.”

Option C

Understand that everyone makes mistakes and that you’ll bounce back: “I had a cookie but I’m back on track with my diet now.”

Option D

Make assumptions about what people are thinking: “She gave me the huge slice because she knows I’m a pig.”

At the end of the day, when you think about what you ate, you feel:
7 of 7 questions

Option A

Guilty. You could have skipped the soda, the chips and the whipped cream.

Option B

Fine. In fact, you don’t even really think about what you ate.

Option C

Mixed. You could have done better but you’re not sure how.

Option D

At a loss. You don’t remember what the heck you ate.