Lifestyle Assessment: Eating Pattern

Today’s post is another excerpt from “Best Weight: A Practical Guide to Office-Based Weight Management“, recently published by the Canadian Obesity Network.

This guide is meant for health professionals dealing with obese clients and is NOT a self-management tool or weight-loss program. However, I assume that even general readers may find some of this material of interest.


A patient’s eating patterns provide important clues about possible contributors to obesity and will help you design an appropriate treatment plan. Eating behaviour is highly variable. Some behaviours meet the stringent criteria of an eating disorder as defined by DSM-IV criteria (e.g., binge-eating disorder or bulimia). Other abnormal eating behaviours can be considered maladaptive rather than formally diagnosable. These include meal skipping, snack skipping, emotional eating, stress eating, boredom eating and night eating syndrome. Such behaviours are often not accompanied by feelings of guilt or distress.

© Copyright 2010 by Dr. Arya M. Sharma and Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. All rights reserved.

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