EATING STYLE

What is your eating style? 

Below you’ll find a questionnaire to help you become your own mealtime detective. It will make you think about your eating habits and help you find out which eating style you are. There are no right and wrong answers—just guidelines to reveal clues about your personal eating style. Read through the following statements, and check the ones that best apply to you. Be honest with yourself.

  • Section A

  • As a child, I often received food as a reward for good behavior.
    Yes
    No
  • As a child, I often received food to comfort me.
    Yes
    No
  • I eat when I’m experiencing negative emotions.
    Yes
    No
  • I eat when I’m happy or joyful.
    Yes
    No
  • I tend to reward myself by eating out at restaurants.
    Yes
    No
  • I eat when I’m bored. I sometimes feel guilty after eating.
    Yes
    No
  • I have sometimes hidden my eating from my family and friends.
    Yes
    No
  • My diet is filled with so-called “comfort foods” that act as a security blanket: macaroni and cheese, meatballs and gravy, grilled-cheese sandwiches, or cookies.
    Yes
    No
  • When something goes wrong at work, I abandon my healthy diet and eat whatever I please.
    Yes
    No
  • Section B

  • I eat at certain times of the day, even though I might not be hungry.
    Yes
    No
  • Many of my family gatherings and celebrations center on food.
    Yes
    No
  • I frequently super-size my meals or order large portions on purpose.
    Yes
    No
  • I eat fast food for lunch because it is the easiest option.
    Yes
    No
  • I am not aware of how many calories I might consume on a given day or at a given meal or snack.
    Yes
    No
  • I usually can’t remember everything I’ve eaten for the day.
    Yes
    No
  • I nibble mostly out of habit.
    Yes
    No
  • At times, I’m surprised by the amount of weight I’ve gained.
    Yes
    No
  • I was required to clean my plate as a child.
    Yes
    No
  • I’m a nighttime eater or a refrigerator raider.
    Yes
    No
  • Section C

  • I sometimes continue to eat even after I feel full.
    Yes
    No
  • I go off my diet easily at parties and social gatherings.
    Yes
    No
  • Food advertising makes me hungry.
    Yes
    No
  • I crave food at certain times of the day.
    Yes
    No
  • If I smell food as I pass my favorite drive-through or bakery, I’m apt to succumb.
    Yes
    No
  • For women: My appetite or eating changes according to my menstrual cycle.
    Yes
    No
  • I often shop for groceries when I am hungry.
    Yes
    No
  • I can’t stick to my list when I’m grocery shopping.
    Yes
    No
  • I have a sweet tooth.
    Yes
    No
  • I have good intentions when I go to a restaurant but usually end up making less-healthy choices or overeat.
    Yes
    No
  • Section D

  • I believe my life would improve if I lost weight.
    Yes
    No
  • Embarrassment about my weight has kept me from doing something I want to do.
    Yes
    No
  • I count nearly every calorie and every gram of fat, carbohydrate, and protein I put in my mouth.
    Yes
    No
  • I consider myself well versed in nutrition.
    Yes
    No
  • If I blow my diet at one meal, I figure I’ve blown my whole diet, and I go on a binge.
    Yes
    No
  • I would do anything to meet my weight goal.
    Yes
    No
  • I have sometimes avoided eating at restaurants or at parties for fear of falling off my diet.
    Yes
    No
  • If I overeat, I make sure to go to the gym to work it off.
    Yes
    No
  • I read nutritional labels.
    Yes
    No
  • I tend to judge others by what they eat.
    Yes
    No
  • Section E

  • I would do anything to meet my weight goal.
    Yes
    No
  • I have sometimes avoided eating at restaurants or at parties for fear of falling off my diet.
    Yes
    No
  • If I overeat, I make sure to go to the gym to work it off.
    Yes
    No
  • I read nutritional labels.
    Yes
    No
  • I tend to judge others by what they eat.
    Yes
    No
  • Celebrity chefs are my heroes.
    Yes
    No
  • I love giving gifts of food.
    Yes
    No
  • Section F

  • I eat in response to powerful cravings for sugary, salty, or fatty foods.
    Yes
    No
  • I have specific food cravings that are hard to resist.
    Yes
    No
  • My snack of choice is usually chocolate or something sweet.
    Yes
    No
  • I sometimes wake up at night craving ice cream.
    Yes
    No
  • Exercising makes me very hungry.
    Yes
    No
  • I count on coffee and other caffeinated beverages to keep me going.
    Yes
    No
  • I need a sugary pick-me-up most afternoons.
    Yes
    No
  • I get obsessed over leftover cake or brownies and tend to eat them till they’re gone.
    Yes
    No
  • I’ve binged in front of the refrigerator.
    Yes
    No
  • I’ve been told that I’m allergic to some foods.
    Yes
    No
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