Eating Disorders Evaluation
The following are questions intended to help you identify the presence of an eating disorder or the potential for one.
- Are you preoccupied with your weight or shape? (Note: some concern is normal in our society.)
- Do you have a negative attitude toward your body weight or shape? Does this impact your participation in social activities and preoccupy you much of the time? If yes, do you often tell yourself you're fat, ugly, worthless, etc?
- Do you diet often? If yes, have you lost a significant amount of weight or have you lost weight rapidly? Has anyone been concerned about your weight loss?
- Have your periods stopped or become irregular?
- Do you experience binge eating or "grazing" with a sense of loss of control that causes concern? If yes, when you eat, are you afraid you will be unable to stop?
- Do you vomit after eating, use laxatives, take water pills, use diet pills, skip meals or do you compensate in other ways for eating more than you should?
- Do you exercise to the point where your friends or family are concerned it is excessive?
- Would you rather eat alone than with others?
- Do you spend a good part of your day preoccupied with what you will or will not eat?
- Do you avoid social events because there will be food present?
“Yes” answers to three or more of the questions above may indicate a serious eating disorder. Please note that this online evaluation is NOT a substitute for medical or psychological care. For help with physical and emotional problems related to eating or exercise disorders, talk to a physician or a competent mental health professional. For a free, confidential consultation with a McLean expert, please contact us via email or call our Canadian office toll-free at 866-417-3322.