Are you concerned that you or someone you love may be developing an eating disorder? While the following questionnaire, known as the SCOFF questionnaire, is not meant to act as a substitute for a professional diagnosis, it can be very helpful in identifying eating concerns.
The SCOFF Questionnaire
The SCOFF was developed by British researchers as a screening tool for eating problems in a primary care setting (Perry et all, 2002). “SCOFF” is an acronym with each letter representing one of the five “yes/no” screening questions. Take note of your answers to each question. Give yourself one point for every question you answer with a “yes”.
1. Do you make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
2. Do you worry you have lost Control over how much you eat?
3. Have you recently lost more than 15 pounds (One stone) in a three-month period?
4. Do you believe yourself to be Fat when others say you are too thin?
5. Would you say Food dominates your life?
Scoring the SCOFF
If you answered “yes” to two or more of the questions above, you should make an appointment for an assessment with an eating disorder professional. If you did not answer “yes” to two or more of the questions but you believe you may have a problem anyway or someone else is concerned about your eating or exercise behavior, you still should seek help, since the SCOFF questionnaire may not pick up all eating disorders or disordered eating behaviors.
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