Food addiction quiz

This is an abbreviated version of the Yale Food Addiction Scale, provided by scale co-author Ashley Gearhardt, now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

The following questions ask about your eating habits in the past year. People sometimes have difficulty controlling their intake of certain foods such as sweets, starches, salty snacks, fatty foods, sugary drinks, and others.

If you choose the "correct" answers, that may mean you have an addiction to food. To meet the food addiction threshold you need to answer "correctly" for either question 6 or 7 AND answer "correctly" for 3 or more of these questions: 1–5, 8–9.

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  • 1. I find myself consuming certain foods even though I am no longer hungry.

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2–3 times per week

    • D. 4 or more times per week

    • E. Never

  • 2. I worry about cutting down on certain foods.

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2–3 times per week

    • D. 4 or more times per week

    • E. Never

  • 3. I feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2 or more times per week

    • D. Never

  • 4. I have spent time dealing with negative feelings from overeating certain foods, instead of spending time in important activities such as time with family, friends, work, or recreation.

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2 or more times per week

    • D. Never

  • 5. I have had physical withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and anxiety when I cut down on certain foods. (Do NOT include caffeinated drinks: coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, etc.)

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2 or more times per week

    • D. Never

  • 6. My behavior with respect to food and eating causes me significant distress.

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2 or more times per week

    • D. Never

  • 7. Issues related to food and eating decrease my ability to function effectively (daily routine, job/school, social or family activities, health difficulties).

    • A. Once per month

    • B. 2–4 times per month

    • C. 2 or more times per week

    • D. Never

  • 8. In the past 12 months, I kept consuming the same types or amounts of food despite significant emotional and/or physical problems related to my eating.

    • A. Yes

    • B. No

  • 9. In the past 12 months, eating the same amount of food does not reduce negative emotions or increase pleasurable feelings the way it used to.

    • A. Yes

    • B. No

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