Your Eating Style Profile

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Instructions

Complete each eating style questionnaire below by clicking the radio buttons that best represent your current eating style. Please answer every question to the best of your knowledge. Click "Submit" at the end of each section to view your score for each topic and to receive an overall score at the end of the questionnaire.

All answers are anonymous and your responses are not seen by anyone else.

EMOTIONAL EATING
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your “emotional eating” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
1
Sometimes
2
Usually
3
Almost Always
4
Always
5

1. Before eating, I "check" my hunger level.

2. I eat only when I am hungry.

 

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

3. I overeat.

4. After eating, I feel stuffed.

5. I have food cravings.

6. I eat because I feel:

           

     - depressed

     - sad

     - anxious

     - angry

     - frustrated

     - happy

    

Your emotional eating score is:

Emotional Eating Scoring Key
10 to -1 Excellent
-2 to -12 Good
-13 to -23 Satisfactory
-24 or less Needs Improvement


FOOD FRETTING
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your “anxious eating” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

1. I feel anxious about the “best” way to eat.

2. I feel “good” or righteous when I eat what I think I “should.”

3. When I overeat I feel:

           

     - bad

     - guilty

     - gluttonous

4. I judge others by what they eat.

5. I try different diets.

6. I count calories, fat grams, etc.

7. I obsess about food.

    

Your food fretting score is:

Food Fretting Scoring Key
0 to -7 Excellent
-8 to 14 Good
-15 to 21 Satisfactory
-22 or less Needs Improvement


FAST FOOD, FRESH FOOD
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your “fast food, fresh food” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
+1
Sometimes
+2
Usually
+3
Almost Always
+4
Always
+5

1. I eat fresh:

           

     - fruits

     - vegetables

     - whole grains

     - legumes

     - nuts

     - seeds (e.g., sunflower, flax)

2. I eat meals that are homemade.

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

3. I eat food that is:

           

     - fast (such as McDonald's)

     - processed (canned, packaged)

     - prepared (deli, take-out)

     - sweet (donuts, muffins)

     - fried (potato chips, chicken)

    

Your Fast Food, Fresh Food score is:

Fast Food, Fresh Food Scoring Key
35 to 23 Excellent
22 to 11 Good
10 to -1 Satisfactory
-2 or less Needs Improvement


SENSORY, SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your “sensory, spiritual nourishment” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
+1
Sometimes
+2
Usually
+3
Almost Always
+4
Always
+5

1. I plan and prepare meals:

           

     - with care

     - with appreciation

2. While dining, I consider my surroundings.

3. I express gratitude for food through prayer, blessings, heartfelt thankfulness.

4. I honor the mystery of life in food.

5. Before and during eating, I focus on the food’s:

           

     - color

     - aroma

     - portion size

     - flavor(s)

6. I “eat” with my senses, by:

           

     - appreciating the presentation

     - tasting textures

     - savoring scents

7. I focus solely on food and the experience of dining.

8. I appreciate the “web” of humanity (farmers, grocers.) surrounding food.

9. I consider the elements of nature that create food.

10. I eat with loving regard for food.

11. After eating, I:

           

     - savor the moment

     - reflect on the meal

    

Your Sensory, Spiritual Nourishment score is:

Sensory, Spiritual Nourishment Scoring Key
72 to 90 Excellent
54 to 71 Good
53 to 36 Satisfactory
35 or less Needs Improvement


TASK SNACKING
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your "task snacking" dynamic.

 

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

1. When I eat, I am...:

           

     - walking, rushing somewhere

     - at my desk at work

     - in my car

     - at my computer

     - talking on the phone

     - driving

    

Your Task Snacking score is:

Task Snacking Scoring Key
0 to -6 Excellent
-7 to -12 Good
-13 to -17 Satisfactory
-18 or less Needs Improvement


EATING ATMOSPHERE
Personal Profile

For each question, check the box in the column that best represents your “eating atmosphere” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
+1
Sometimes
+2
Usually
+3
Almost Always
+4
Always
+5

1. The social atmosphere in which I prepare food is:

           

     - serene

     - pleasing

     - fun

2. After eating, I feel:

           

     - relaxed

     - calm

     - alert

 

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

3. The social atmosphere in which I prepare food is:

           

     - hectic

     - tense

    

Your Eating Atmosphere score is:

Eating Atmosphere Scoring Key
30 to 22 Excellent
21 to 14 Good
13 to 6 Satisfactory
5 or less Needs Improvement


SOCIAL FARE
Personal Profile

For each question, check every box in the column that best represents your “social fare” dynamic.

  Never
0
Rarely
+1
Sometimes
+2
Usually
+3
Almost Always
+4
Always
+5

1. I eat with:

           

     - friends

     - family members

2. I eat at home at the dining table.

3. I enjoy preparing meals for friends.

4. I enjoy holiday feasts with others.

5. I celebrate special occasions with others with festive foods.

6. I prepare and share special meals for friends and family.

7. When eating alone, I often think about special people in my life, or memorable meals I’ve enjoyed with others.

 

  Never
0
Rarely
-1
Sometimes
-2
Usually
-3
Almost Always
-4
Always
-5

8. I eat alone.

9. I plan “secret” overeating sessions.

10. I dine with others, then, afterward, binge by myself.

11. I stand at the counter while eating.

    

Your Social Fare score is:

Social Fare Scoring Key
40 to 28 Excellent
27 to 16 Good
15 to 4 Satisfactory
3 or less Needs Improvement




Total Integrative Eating Style Score:

Evaluating your score:

131 or over (excellent):

Congratulations! You are practicing the seven eating styles and are eating optimally and Integratively most of the time. Both what and how you eat is beneficial to your weight, your overall health, and also for your quality of your life.

130 to 57 (good):

You’re doing fairly well! The foods you choose, how you eat, and with whom you eat, are typically integrative. You eat optimally sometimes; when you’re not able to—or choose not to—you “let it go.”

56 to -16 (satisfactory):

Food and eating are often issues for you. Making better choices about what and how to eat either isn’t clear to you, or it hasn’t been a priority for you so far. Your food choices and approach to food and eating are fairly typical, which leaves lots of room for making beneficial changes.

-15 and below (needs improvement):

Your eating style is far from optimal or integrative. Decide if you want to take steps toward eating more integratively. Once you have the intention to do so, get some ideas for how to begin by re- taking the “Your Personal Eating Style Profile” questionnaire, or look over the questions in each section of the questionnaire for some easy-to-implement ideas and suggestions.

 

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Your Eating Style Profile is reprinted with permission from Larry Scherwitz, PhD and Deborah Kesten, MPH. Your Eating Style Profile was originally published in Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing.

Always consult your healthcare team if you have any questions or concerns about your health. This information is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician/medical team.

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