What kind of eater are you?
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As children, many of us were subject to rules about what time we went to bed, tidying up and eating our greens. As adults, some of these rules may remain with us. This quiz will help you identify any unhelpful eating patterns that are a result of messages from your original home environment. Answer in the context of when you were growing up.
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The results: what kind of eater are you?
Mostly A – A balanced family system produces a balanced child. As a child this person’s emotional needs were largely met and they were probably considered a good eater. As adults, it’s likely they can just enjoy one chocolate or biscuit, without being compelled to finish the lot. They don’t often turn to food to bury their emotions. It’s likely that their parents gave them sensible advice and were healthy eaters too.
Mostly B – This person enjoyed regularly snacking and might have used food to cope with boredom, worry, stress and anxiety. Their behaviour may have been secretive – perhaps they were taught to view snacks as forbidden and indulgent. It may be that they were not so keen on big meals, preferring to eat little and often. However, in later life, frequent snacking can be a key to weight gain.
Mostly C – This person is likely to have been taught to finish everything on their plate. Perhaps they were given cliches about people starving in the Third World and felt guilty about leftovers. While they may have gained top marks for tucking in, their large portion sizes may have set them up for weight gain. Those of you who will still feel guilty about leaving half-eaten meals might want to consider that you are not human dustbins!
Mostly D – This person may have been an emotional eater. In other words, they may have used food as a source of comfort and love. As children we are often taught to seek happiness in food (it is often offered as a bribe or a reward for good behaviour) and so it is logical that these patterns might persist into adulthood. But if you frequently numb your feelings with food, now might be a good time to consider a healthier way of doing things.
Mostly E – This person may have been a mindless eater. They probably had a vivid imagination and lived in a fantasy world. They typically ate food because it was there and often failed to notice how much or what they were consuming. Food was not important to them – or so they thought. As adults, mindless eaters can battle significant weight problems as they frequently lose touch with when and how much they eat. More mindful eating is the way forward.
When there was a heated discussion at the table, you typically responded by:
At mealtimes you were:
While watching TV with the family, there was a box of chocolates being passed around. You:
A visitor brought some delicious biscuits with them. Your mother told you not to have too many as they are full of sugar. You:
You got a bad school report. That evening you:
You visited someone in hospital taking some chocolates. You:
If you failed to finish everything on your plate your parents would say:
You were told you’d put on a bit of weight. You were mortified. You reacted by:
Home snacks were: