How do I know if I have an Eating Disorder?

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Eating disorders are scary. Of all mental health issues a person can struggle with eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. How do you know if you have an eating disorder?

The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) ask 26 quick questions that if answered Yes may mean that you struggle with an eating disorder.

Eating Attitudes Test

  1. I am terrified about being overweight.
  2. I avoid eating when I am hungry.
  3. I find myself preoccupied with food.
  4. I have gone on eating binges where I feel that I may not be able to stop.
  5. I cut my food into small pieces.
  6. I am aware of the calorie content of foods that I eat.
  7. I particularly avoid food with a high carbohydrate content (i.e. bread, rice, potatoes, etc.)
  8. I feel that others would prefer if I ate more.
  9. I vomit after I have eaten.
  10. I feel extremely guilty after eating.
  11. I am preoccupied with a desire to be thinner.
  12. I think about burning up calories when I exercise.
  13. Other people think that I am too thin.
  14. I am preoccupied with the thought of having fat on my body.
  15. I take longer than others to eat my meals.
  16. I avoid foods with sugar in them.
  17. I eat diet foods.
  18. I feel that food controls my life.
  19. I display self-control around food.
  20. I feel that others pressure me to eat.
  21. I give too much time and thought to food.
  22. I feel uncomfortable after eating sweets.
  23. I engage in dieting behavior.
  24. I like my stomach to be empty.
  25. I have the impulse to vomit after meals.
  26. I enjoy trying rich new foods.

The EAT quiz was developed by D.M. Garner, M.P. Olmsted, Y. Bohr, and P.E. Garfinkel.

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About Josh Spurlock

Josh Spurlock, MA, LPC is Director of The Relationship Center.

The Relationship Center provides Biblically Christian and Clinically Proven Professional Counseling services. TRC is a multi-specialty professional counseling practice with 8 therapists in Springfield and Branson, Missouri offices. Josh specializes in Marriage Counseling, Sex Therapy, and Eating Disorder Treatment.