Do I Have an Eating Disorder? Quiz


Under no circumstances should the result from this online test be considered a diagnosis. This online test cannot provide a diagnosis or confirm any condition. This test and its results should not be used to inform any treatment. This test should not be considered a replacement for professional medical advice. Only a doctor or a mental health expert can figure out what you should do next.

Identify Your Risk Factors

Recognizing the signs of an eating disorder may be challenging. Individuals often wonder whether their eating habits could be indicative of a deeper issue. Eating disorders are serious conditions that affect a person's eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. There are different types, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, each with specific signs and symptoms. Taking a quiz designed to identify the possibility of an eating disorder can be a helpful first step towards understanding one's own eating habits and attitudes towards food. Such quizzes typically include questions about frequency of certain eating patterns, feelings about food, and body image. Although a quiz is not a diagnostic tool, it can indicate whether someone should seek professional advice. It is important for individuals to approach these quizzes with an open mind and to understand that they are not a substitute for expert evaluation. If the results suggest the possibility of an eating disorder, seeking help from a healthcare provider or a mental health professional is recommended. They can offer a comprehensive assessment and, if needed, discuss appropriate treatment options.

Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people's eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Preoccupation with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder.

Defining Eating Disorders

Eating disorders encompass a range of psychological conditions that cause unhealthy eating habits to develop. They might start with an obsession with food, body weight, or body shape. In severe cases, eating disorders can cause serious health consequences and may even result in death if not treated.

Common Types

The most common types of eating disorders include:
  • Anorexia Nervosa: Marked by an intense fear of gaining weight, individuals with anorexia nervosa exert extreme control over their diet, often resulting in severe weight loss.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: Characterized by recurrent and frequent episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food followed by behavior that compensates for the overeating, such as forced vomiting, excessive use of laxatives, or extreme exercise.
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: Similar to bulimia, binge-eating disorder involves frequent episodes of out-of-control eating but without the compensatory behaviors associated with bulimia.

Signs and Symptoms

Key indicators that someone might have an eating disorder include:
  • Behavioral signs: Obsessive dieting, excessive focus on food, and persistent avoidance of eating in public.
  • Physical signs: Significant weight fluctuations, stomach cramps, or acid reflux following eating.
  • Emotional signs: Preoccupation with body image, overly critical about one's weight and shape, and severe mood swings.

Self-Assessment Quiz

This section offers readers a framework for self-assessment on potential eating disorders utilizing a structured questionnaire and guidelines for interpreting the results.

Questionnaire Structure

The Self-Assessment Quiz consists of a series of targeted questions designed to identify behaviors, thoughts, and feelings related to eating and body image. Respondents should answer each question honestly and without judgment. The quiz uses a Likert scale ranging from Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often, to Always to capture the frequency of each behavior or thought pattern.
  1. Do you worry about your weight and body shape more than other people seem to worry about their own?
  2. Do you often find yourself eating large amounts of food in a short period, feeling out of control?
  3. After eating, do you feel compelled to compensate by either vomiting, fasting, or exercising excessively?
  4. Do you experience guilt or shame after eating?
  5. Are your eating habits disrupting your social life or causing you to withdraw from normal social activities?
  6. Do you have strict rules for yourself regarding food, which cause distress if broken?
Readers are reminded that the quiz is not a diagnostic tool but can indicate if professional help should be sought.

Interpreting Your Results

Upon completing the questionnaire, individuals are advised to tally their responses and consider the frequency of the behaviors and feelings described. A preponderance of Often or Always answers may suggest the presence of disordered eating patterns.
  • High Frequency (Often/Always): Potential indicators of an eating disorder. Seeking an evaluation from a health professional is strongly recommended.
  • Moderate Frequency (Sometimes): Signs that may point to the risk of an eating disorder. Monitoring and possibly discussing with a healthcare provider is advisable.
  • Low Frequency (Rarely/Never): Unlikely to indicate an eating disorder, but any concerns should still be addressed with a medical or mental health professional.
It's important for individuals to understand that only a certified healthcare provider can diagnose an eating disorder. This self-assessment serves as a starting point for reflection and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.