Print The Dieting Readiness Test


Your total score is 0 out of 107

After viewing your scores and the feedback below for each section of this questionnaire, you should be able to better judge your dieting strengths and weaknesses. Remember that the first step in changing eating behaviour is to understand the conditions that influence your eating habits.

Your individual scores

Attitudes Cues Control Bingeing Emotions Exercise

Goals and Attitudes - Your score: 0

0 - 16
This may not be a good time for you to start a weight loss program. Inadequate motivation and commitment together with unrealistic goals could block your progress. Think about those things that contribute to this, and consider changing them before undertaking a diet program.

17 - 23
You may be close to being ready to begin a weight loss program but you should think about ways to boost your preparedness before begin.

24 - 30
Your path to beginnning a weight loss program is clear with respect to goals and attitudes.

Hunger and Eating Cues - Your score: 0

0 - 6
You might occasionally eat more than you would like, but it does not appear to be a result of high responsiveness to environmental cues. Controlling the attitudes that make you eat may be especially helpful.

7 - 9
You may have a moderate tendency to eat just because food is available. Dieting may be easier for you if you try to resist external cues and eat only when you are physically hungry.

10 - 15
Some or most of your eating may be in response to thinking about food or exposing yourself to temptations to eat. Think of ways to minimise your exposure to temptations, so that you eat only in response to physical hunger.

Control Over Eating - Your score: 0

0 - 7
You recover rapidly from mistakes. However, if you frequently alternate between eating out of control and dieting very strictly, you may have a serious eating problem and should get professional help.

8 - 11
You do not seem to let unplanned eating disrupt your program. This is a flexible, balanced approach.

12 - 15
You may be prone to overeat after an event breaks your control or throws you off the track. Your reaction to these problem causing eating events can be improved.

Binge Eating and Purging - Your score: 0

0 - 1
That binge eating and purging are not a problem for you.

2 - 11
You should pay attention to these eating patterns. Should they arise more frequently, get professional help.

12 - 19
You show signs of having a potentially serious eating problem. See a counsellor experienced in evaluating eating disorders right away.

Emotional Eating - Your score: 0

0 - 8
You do not appear to let your emotions affect your eating.

9 - 11
You sometimes eat in response to emotional highs and lows Monitor this behaviour to learn when and why it occurs and be prepared to find alternate activities.

12 - 15
Emotional ups and downs can stimulate your eating. Try to deal wiht feelings that trigger the eating and find other ways to express them.

Exercise Patterns and Attitudes - Your score: 0

0 - 10
You're probably not exercising as regularly as you should. Determine whether your attitude to exercise is blocking your way, then change what you must and put on those walking shoes.

11 - 16
You need to feel more positive about exercise so you can do it more often. Think of ways to be more active that are fun and fit your lifestyle.

17 - 20
That the path is clear for you to be active. Now think of ways to get motivated.

Your answers

Goals and Attitudes

1. Compared to previous attempts, how motivated to lose weight are you this time?

2. How certain are you that you will stay committed to a weight loss programme for the time it will take you to reach your goal?

3. Consider all outside factors at this time in your life (the stress you're feeling at work, your family obligations etc). To what extent can you tolerate the effort required to stick to a diet?

4. Think honestly about how much weight you hope to lose and how quickly you hope to lose it. Figuring a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week, how realistic is your expectation?

5. While dieting, do you fantasize about eating a lot of your favourite foods?

6. While dieting, do you feel deprived, angry and/or upset?

Hunger and Eating Cues

7. When food comes up in conversation or in something you read, do you want to eat even if you are not hungry?

8. How often do you eat because of physical hunger?

9. Do you have trouble controlling your eating when your favourite foods are around the house?

Control Over Eating

10. Although you planned on skipping lunch, a friend talks you into going out for a midday meal.

11. You "break" your diet by eating a fattening, "forbidden" food.

12. You have been following your diet faithfully and decide to test yourself by eating something you consider a treat.

Binge Eating and Purging

13. Aside from holiday feasts, have you ever eaten a large amount of food rapidly and felt afterwards that this eating incident was excessive and out of control?

14. If you answered 'yes' to #13 above, how often have you engaged in this behaviour during the last year?

15. Have you ever purged (used laxatives, diuretics or induced vomiting) to control your weight?

16. If you answered 'yes' to #15 above, how often have you engaged in this behaviour during the last year?

Emotional Eating

17. Do you eat more than you would like to when you have negative feelings such as anxiety, depression, anger or loneliness?

18. Do you have trouble controlling your eating when you have positive feelings - do you celebrate feeling good by eating?

19. When you have unpleasant interactions with others in your life, or after a difficult day at work, do you eat more than you'd like?

Exercise Patterns and Attitudes

20. How often do you exercise?

21. How confident are you that you can exercise regularly?

22. When you think about exercise, do you develop a positive or negative picture in your mind?

23. How certain are you that you can work regular exercise into your daily schedule?