Are You An Obsessive Compulsive Eater?

Almost everyone thinks about food daily, craves certain food, and struggles with thoughts about food while dieting, but not everyone suffers from obsessive compulsive eating. Take this quiz to help identify if you may suffer from obsessive compulsive eating.

SCORING GUIDE: Add up the responses to all 20 questions to earn a total score. A total score of 44 or above suggests that you may be an obsessive compulsive eater.

This quiz is not intended to be a diagnostic tool. If you suspect that you suffer from compulsive eating, please seek an evaluation by a mental health professional trained in the diagnosis of treatment of OCD, and related disorders.


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Welcome to your Obsessive Compulsive Eating Quiz

1.) I find myself preoccupied with thoughts of food.
2.) Once I start eating, I can’t stop until all the food is gone, even if I’m full.
3.) When I’m dieting, I feel tense and jittery whenever I see or think about food.
4.) Thoughts of food or eating unnecessarily distract me and interfere with my work and other activities.
5.) I picture in my mind favorite foods, restaurants, and scenes of eating.
6.) I find myself stockpiling food at home or ordering too much in restaurants.
7.) I feel guilty when I overeat.
8.) When I’m dieting, I try hard to avoid things that might remind me of food.
9.) When there is a break in the day’s activities my mind immediately turns to thoughts of eating.
10.) Food seems to “call me” from the refrigerator, cabinets, deli’s, etc., and I feel powerless to resist it.
11.) I worry about getting an overwhelming impulse to eat where I could lose control and not be able to stop eating.
12.) Once I start thinking about eating, I am unable to stop thinking about it until I eat or get distracted.
13.) I feel I should be punished when I overeat.
14.) I spend well over an hour out of a day thinking about food.
15.) When I am dieting and others around me are eating, I feel it necessary to leave.
16.) When I try to leave food on my plate or in the serving dish, it “eats” at me until I eat it.
17.) Once I begin thinking about food, it causes me a great deal of discomfort.
18.) I peek into the refrigerator, cabinets, food stores, etc., just to look at food without intending to eat it.
19.) When I stop to buy a sandwich, snack, or treat, I am unable to keep from eating it for very long, even if it means eating while I drive.
20.) Once I begin thinking about food, stopping these thoughts takes a great deal of effort.