OUTSMARTING THE FEMALE FAT CELL: DO YOU NEED TO PSYCHOLOGICALLY PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE OFF PLAN?

No doubt your feelings about your weight and your body have been influenced by society's pressure for thinness and by the diet industry. Fill in this questionnaire to discover the effects of this influence on your feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.

YES NO

  1. I weigh myself daily.          
  2. My weight determines how I feel about myself.     
  3. When I discover I've gained a pound, I panic.     
  4. I want to lose weight quickly.          
  5. My weight prevents me from achieving other

goals in my life.          

6.     I want to lose weight for my husband/

significant other.          

7. I want to lose weight for an upcoming event.     

8. I want to achieve the "ideal" body.     

9. I avoid mirrors and window reflections.     

10. I'm depressed when I look through fashion magazines.          

11. I avoid social events because of my weight.     

12. I dislike my body.          

The greater the number of statements you answered "yes," the more you need to deprogram the "diet mentality" and society's influence-the more you need to focus on psychologically preparing yourself for successful lifestyle change. In my experience, most women answer yes to 50 percent to 100 percent of the statements, so if you did, you are not alone. Society's pressure for thinness and the ideal body has given most women a negative body image and the diet mentality.

Before you can begin making changes in your habits, you must first make some changes in your attitudes and how you feel about yourself.

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Women's health