Are You at Risk for an Eating Disorder?
Check the statements that are true:
- Even though people tell me I'm thin, I feel fat.
- I get anxious if I can't exercise.
- I worry about what I eat.
- If I gain weight, I get anxious and depressed.
- I feel guilty when I eat.
- I would rather die than be fat.
- I would rather eat by myself than with family or friends.
- I don't talk about my fear of being fat -- no one understands.
- I have a secret stash of food.
- When I eat, I'm afraid I won't be able to stop.
- I lie about what I eat.
- I get anxious when people urge me to eat.
- Sometimes I think that my eating or exercising is not normal.
Number of "true" statements*
1-3: You have a mild preoccupation with weight and appearance. Re-evaluate. Don't lose control.
4-6: Reason for concern. Check with a health professional.
7+: You could be in danger. Get an evaluation with a health professional as soon as possible.
--Adapted from the Los Angeles Times
*No matter what your score, if any of the following are true, consult a health care professional as soon as possible:
- purging more than 3 times a day
- use of ipecac (induces vomiting) or abuse of laxatives
- loss of 15% of your weight
Use our self-assessment for a more extensive evaluation.