Obsessive Weight Watcher: How much is too much?
Watching your weight can be a healthy activity. Watching it with a maniacal intensity? Not so much. Take our quick quiz to find out if you know the difference between a healthy concern about body weight and an unhealthy -- and unsafe -- obsession.
Question 1 of 20
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what percentage of adults in America are obese?
... Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher and the CDC estimates 33.8 percent of adults are obese. There are a range of online calculators to help you determine your BMI, which is a ratio of your height to weight.
Question 2 of 20
According to a Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,200 Americans, how many adults say they are overweight or obese?
... Just 11 percent of adults think they are obese -- that's a third of the number of people who really are obese.
Question 3 of 20
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman's physical measurements are what?
... 5 feet 4 inches, 140 pounds, yet the average female model's measurements are 5 feet 11 inches, 117 pounds.
Question 4 of 20
Up to how many people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder?
... Nearly 24 million suffer from the three basic types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
Question 5 of 20
How many females have the "ideal" body type portrayed in advertising?
... Not many -- just 5 percent, which often causes many of the other 95 percent to have unrealistic expectations about what their ideal physical appearance should be.
Question 6 of 20
What percentage of 5th through 12th grade girls report that magazine images influence their idea of an ideally shaped body?
... Sixty-nine percent. And 47 percent of them reported that those images made them feel like they needed to lose weight.
Question 7 of 20
What percentage of 10-year-olds is afraid of being fat?
... Nearly 81 percent say they are afraid of being fat, and 42 percent of 1st to 3rd graders say they want to be thinner.
Question 8 of 20
Which mental illness has the highest mortality rate of all?
... Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating have the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness.
Question 9 of 20
Lack of menstruation in women is one of the signs of which eating disorder?
... Teenage girls with anorexia often stop menstruating, and are also at a higher risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Question 10 of 20
What condition is characterized by overeating and then purging the meal through the use of forced vomiting or laxatives?
... Individuals with bulimia nervosa binge eat and then purge, and may also exercise excessively, or fast after they believe they've eaten too many calories.
Question 11 of 20
Which of the following is a real eating disorder?
... Binge-eating disorder. Unlike other eating disorders, this one can lead to excessive weight gain.
Question 12 of 20
What disorder is characterized by obsessively thinking about a physical flaw, whether it's real or imagined?
... Body dysmorphic disorder. It can also lead either to an obsession with looking in the mirror or total avoidance of mirrors.
Question 13 of 20
Which is another name for compulsive exercising?
... Individuals with anorexia athletica will place exercise above all else -- including social interactions -- and will force themselves to exercise even if ill or injured.
Question 14 of 20
What is one serious side effect of over-exercising?
... Stress to the heart is a very real side effect of too much exercise, but stress to your wallet and relationships can also occur!
Question 15 of 20
For women, daily calorie consumption below what level is considered dangerous?
... Anything less than 1,200 daily calories for a prolonged basis might indicate anorexia.
Question 16 of 20
In 2010, every state in America had an obesity rate that was at least how high?
... Twenty percent. And 12 states had a rate that was 30 percent or higher.
Question 17 of 20
How many Americans with eating disorders seek treatment?
... Only 10 percent of people seek treatment, and just 35 percent of those get help at a facility that specializes in treating eating disorders.
Question 18 of 20
What is the most popular New Year's resolution?
... Quitting smoking, but losing weight is close second.
Question 19 of 20
Of 1,234 American adults polled in a Consumer Report's survey, how many said their diet was extremely healthy?
... Just 5.6 percent. That leaves a lot of room for improvement, America!
Question 20 of 20
Approximately how many people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression?
... Half -- or 50 percent -- meet the criteria for depression, which helps explain why the condition can sometimes respond to treatment with antidepressants.
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