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Deborah Kesten: Women and Weight Profile -- What's Your Eating Style?

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Our quick quiz is the first step toward developing insights into what it takes to achieve and maintain optimal weight and wellness.

I was riveted when I read the headline “What to do when not even Oprah can stay skinny?” Even with a personal chef and trainer, Oprah is given to yo-yo dieting and weight gain, I read. Then the reporter asked, “If Oprah can’t do it, who can?”

Actually, I would have asked, What’s the secret of the many women who can lose weight and keep it off? And what about women who have maintained an optimal, healthy weight throughout life without dieting? What are their strategies? And if they can do it, what does it take for the rest of us to do it, too? Our pioneering research offers a key clue: not only is overeating the No. 1 reason women become overweight and obese, we discovered seven newly identified eating styles that lead to overeating and ensuing weight gain. The antidote calls for a commitment to make your relationship with food as important as having a quality relationship with your spouse or partner, friends, family and work.

Your Personal Eating Style Profile

To help you get a better understanding of your relationship with food and eating, we created the mini-quiz, below, for you to fill out. Called “Your Personal Eating Style Profile,” each of the eight questions gives you clues into why you may overeat. As you look over the questions, ask yourself if it is time to change the way you relate to food and eating. Because, as you’ll see, weight-loss success is not just about what you put into your body—it also includes eating styles that consider how, why, where, and with whom you eat.

To get a sense of where you are now, write in the number (0, +1, +2, etc.), next to each question, that fits your current eating practice.

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

1. I savor the scent of food when eating. +_____

2. I eat fresh vegetables. +_____

3. I eat in pleasant surroundings. +_____

4. I eat with friends or family. +_____

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