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Are you concerned that you or someone you love may be developing an eating disorder? This questionnaire can help identify indicators of anorexic and/or bulimic tendencies. Answer the 20 questions honestly then tally your results. If you determine you would like to speak to our staff about treatment options, please give us a call at 888-224-8250.

Question 1

I have eating habits that are different from those of my family and friends.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 2

I find myself panicking if I cannot exercise as I had planned, for fear of gaining weight.

1- Almost always
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 3

My friends tell me I am thin but I don’t believe them because I feel fat.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 4

[Females only] My menstrual period has ceased or become irregular due to no known medical reasons.

1- True
2- False

Question 5

I have become obsessed with food to the point that I cannot go through a day without worrying about what I will or will not eat.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 6

I have lost more than 15 percent of the normal weight for my height.

1- True
2- False

Question 7

I would panic if I got on the scale tomorrow and found out I had gained two pounds.

1- Almost always
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 8

I find that I prefer to eat alone or when I am sure no one will see me, which means I make excuses so I can eat less and less with friends.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 9

I find myself going on uncomfortable eating binges where I consume large amounts of food to the point that I feel sick and make myself vomit.

1- 3 or more times per day
2- 1-2 times per day
3- 1-2 times per week
4- Rarely
5- Never

Question 10

I use laxatives as a means of weight control.

1- On a regular basis
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 11

I find myself playing games with food (e.g. cutting it up into pieces, hiding food so people will think I have eaten it, chewing it and spitting it out without swallowing), telling myself certain foods are bad.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 12

People around me have become very interested in what I eat and I find myself getting angry at them for pushing food on me.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 13

Recently I have felt more depressed and irritable than I used to and/or have been spending increasing amounts of time alone.

1- True
2- False

Question 14

I keep a lot of my fears about food and eating to myself because I am afraid no one would understand.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 15

I enjoy making gourmet, high-calorie meals or treats for others as long as I don’t have to eat any myself.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 16

The most powerful fear in my life is the fear of gaining weight or becoming fat.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 17

I find myself totally absorbed when reading books about dieting, exercising and calorie counting to the point that I spend hours studying them.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 18

I tend to be a perfectionist and am not satisfied with myself unless I do things perfectly.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 19

I go through long periods of time without eating anything (fasting) as a means of weight control.

1- Often
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Question 20

It is important to me to try to be thinner than all of my friends.

1- Almost always
2- Sometimes
3- Rarely
4- Never

Add your scores together and compare with the table below:

Under 30 – Strong tendencies toward anorexia nervosa

30-45 – Strong tendencies toward bulimia

45-55 – Weight conscious, not necessarily with anorexic or bulimic tendencies

Over 55 – No need for concern

If you scored below 45, it would be wise for you to seek out some kind of help or assistance. If you determine you would like to speak to our staff about treatment options, please give us a call at 888-224-8250.

Used with the permission of Dr. Kathleen K. Lampson Reiff, PhD

Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder

People who have binge eating disorder and are also obese may be at greater risk for physical and mental health complications including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety and more. If you have ever wondered, “Do I have binge eating disorder?” then please take the following brief quiz, answering “yes” or “no” to each question.
  1. I often use food as an escape, a reward, or to soothe feelings such as anxiety, guilt, fear or loneliness.
  2. I eat a large amount of food in a short period of time (two hours or less) one or more times a week.
  3. I eat alone out of embarrassment over the quantity of food that I eat.
  4. I often feel depressed, ashamed, disgusted, or guilty after overeating.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you may need some help or support from a professional who is trained in the assessment and treatment of binge eating disorder.