Concern over Weight and Dieting Scale (COWD)

1.    The worst thing about being fat is:
a. No opinion‚ b. Getting teased‚ c. Feeling unsexy‚ d. Being unpopular‚ e. Feeling bad about yourself
2.    What is the greatest amount of weight you ever lost on a diet?
a. Never on a diet‚ b. 10 Ibs‚ c. 11-19 Ibs‚ d. 20-29 Ibs‚ e. 30 Ibs or more
3.    Do you think you are overweight now?
a. Don’t know‚ b. No‚ c. Yes: by less than 10 Ibs‚ d. Yes: 10-19 Ibs‚ e. Yes: by 20 Ibs or more
4.    How often do you skip one meal so you will lose weight?
a. Never‚ b. Once or twice a year‚ c. Once a month‚ d. Once a week‚ e. More than once a week
5.    How often do you avoid eating fattening foods like candy so you will lose weight?
a. Never‚ b. Once or twice a year‚ c. Once a month‚ d. Once a week‚ e. More than once a week
6.    How often do you hate yourself or feel guilty because you cannot stop overeating?
a. Never‚ b. Once or twice a year‚ c. Once a month‚ d. Once a week‚ e. More than once a week
7.    How often do you go without eating solid food for 24 hours or more so you will lose weight?
a. Never‚ b. Once or twice a year‚ c. Once a month‚ d. Once a week‚ e. More than once a week
8.    If a special weight-control course were offered at this school‚ would you take it?
a. No opinion‚ b. No‚ c. Probably not‚ d. Probably yes‚ e. Definitely yes
9.    How often do you feel guilty after eating?
a. Never‚ b. Once in a while‚ c. Frequently‚ d. Very frequently‚ e. All the time
10.How often are you aware of the calorie content of the food you eat?
a. Never‚ b. Once in a while‚ c. Frequently‚ d. Very frequently‚ e. All the time
11.How old were you when you first started worrying about your weight?
a. Never‚ b. 12 years or less‚ c. 13-14 years‚ d. 15-16 years‚ e. 17-18 years
How many times have you tried each of the weight loss methods listed below?
12.Diet medicine (pills‚ liquids‚ or powders).
a. Never‚ b. Once‚ c. Twice‚ d. Three times‚ e. More than three times
13.Health spa or exercise class (including aerobic dancing).
a. Never‚ b. Once‚ c. Twice‚ d. Three times‚ e. More than three times
14.Diet published in a book or magazine or recommended by a friend or relative.
a. Never‚ b. Once‚ c. Twice‚ d. Three times‚ e. More than three times
 
 
 
This instrument can be found at: http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/content/u0015/0000001/0000384/u0015_0000001_0000384.pdf & Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 502-504.
 

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