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The Eating Habit Test

What's wrong with my diet?

The Eating Habit Test is a test for people of all ages. The results are divided into six dimensions: picky eating, overeating, irregular eating, excessive junk food intake, distracted eating, and emotional eating.

No matter how disciplined you might be about your sleep schedule or fitting in those morning workouts, there's no denying the fact you've maintained a few bad eating habits throughout your weight-loss journey. But willpower isn't always to blame. It's also your brain's fault. Through the self-assessment according to your daily life scenarios, we'll analyze and help you understand your current eating habits better.

Friendly Reminder: Eating disorders are complex conditions that involve an intense preoccupation with food and your body. They can affect people of any age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. However, only a healthcare professional can make an accurate diagnosis, and if needed, recommend a treatment plan that will fit you best.

Basic Concepts

The following is the concepts of every bad eating habit with explanations. While you can understand them now, we recommend that you read them again after the test is completed and compare them to the results.

Picky Eating

You probably picture a stubborn toddler refusing to eat broccoli. But adults can struggle with it, too. They usually have a minimal set of favorite foods, made a certain way. Picky eating and ADHD often go hand-in-hand. Researchers at Duke University found a high correlation between selective eating problems and ADHD. Meanwhile, the underlying stressor that leads to picky eating can be a variety of things, like inflammation, zinc deficiency, gut breakdown, etc. What happens is that even though picky eating may have begun because of one of these stressors, it can quickly become a vicious cycle.

Overeating

Repeated overeating often stems from a strong desire to control weight and a great deal of psychological stress. They eat excessively to relieve their inner anxiety, but as a result cause more physical and psychological damage. When you find that you have a tendency to binge eat, please stop being overly critical of yourself. The tremendous sense of guilt will, on the contrary, increase your stress, which can lead you into a vicious circle: overeating, self-loathing, and overeating again. Would you try to accept yourself, love your body, and pay attention to your inner feelings? Don't worry too much about what others think and take one step towards a normal diet. It is also important to note that a severe binge eating disorder requires admission to seek medical help.

Irregular Eating

Late-night snacks, skipping meals...A long-term irregular diet will damage the gastrointestinal, resulting in nutritional imbalance and even inducing mental disease. To get your diet back on the right track, you can start with regular, quantitative eating at a regularly scheduled time to achieve a balanced and healthy eating habit. In addition, you can use some tricks to improve your appetite, such as: trying a new recipe, doing some stretches 20 minutes before having a meal, etc.

Excessive Junk Food Intake

Junk food doesn't equal fast food. It refers to food containing high sugar, fat, and sodium while having low nutrition. Eating junk food on a regular basis can lead to an increased risk of obesity and chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and some cancers. If you have a junk food addiction, please be sure to pay attention to this problem and look for help from a dietitian.

Distracted Eating

When we get caught up in a certain environment, we may eat more food than usual or be unable to concentrate on enjoying the food in front of us. To improve distracted eating, it is better to start by focusing on one food. Think of eating it as a ritualistic and enjoyable process, focusing on the color, flavor, and taste of it, staying away from all the screens that kill your time and concentration.

Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is usually triggered by negative emotions, such as anxiety, loneliness, depression, etc. When surrounded by these emotions, it is easy to expect to seek comfort from food and turn to consume a lot of calories; however, after all of this, there is also a great sense of guilt. To overcome emotional eating, the first step is to identify what causes your anxiety and leads to the wrong time and place to eat the wrong food. Once the source is figured out, you could pay more attention to those feelings. Face them, tame them, fight the boredom and accept yourself. Treat eating as a sensory experience rather than an outlet for venting.

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