If you're not willing to work on the real cause of your weight problem, ask Richard Stuart and Barbara Jacobson, why waste time trying to shed pounds?

To decide if dieting is pointless, the two therapists recommend asking yourself these questions:

Physical aspects:

1. Has your doctor told you it is safe for you to maintain your present weight?

2. Does weight loss create health problems because you frequently lose and then regain 10 or more pounds?

3. Are you less than 20 percent above your ideal weight?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above, then it may be medically safe to stay at your present weight.

Psychological aspects:

1. Do you basically like yourself as you are?

2. Do you find that weight loss requires a great effort that leaves you frustrated and depressed?

3. Are you afraid of being more vulnerable to unwanted sexual advances as a result of weight loss?

4. Is not reaching goal weight even more depressing than being overweight?

5.) Is eating your major source of satisfaction?

6. Are you unwilling to exercise?

If you answered "yes" to at least two of the above, it may be psychologically advisable for you to maintain your present weight.

Social aspects:

1. Are you as interested in employment opportunities when you're overweight as when you weigh less?

2. Do you participate in as many recreational activities when overweight as when not?

3. Do you socialize as easily when you do weigh more as when you weigh less?

4. Do you feel that people like you as well when you're overweight as they do when you weigh less?

If you answered "yes" to all the above questions, it may be socially advisable to stay at your present weight.