Everyone feels self-conscious about their body and appearance from time to time. However, for people living with an eating disorder, this occasional concern can become a constant obsession. This fixation can be detrimental to a person’s psychological well-being and cause them to engage in risky dieting and exercising practices.

While people of all ages and genders develop eating disorders, these conditions are most common among women between the ages of 12 and 35. The three most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Partaking in extreme food restriction, excessive exercise or compulsive bingeing and purging are all potential signs of an eating disorder. If you’ve participated in these practices and suspect you might have an eating disorder, take The Recovery Village’s eating disorder quiz below.

Eating Disorder Self-Assessment Quiz

If you think you may have an eating disorder, our eating disorder quiz can help you determine if you need to seek professional treatment. The quiz is based on diagnostic criteria for eating disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association. The Recovery Village also has self-assessment quizzes for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder available.

However, while this quiz can help you evaluate and learn more about your mental health, it is not a substitute for a clinical diagnosis from a licensed medical professional. If you meet the criteria for an eating disorder, it’s crucial that you reach out to a clinician as soon as possible. If your eating disorder also involves an addiction, The Recovery Village can help you explore co-occurring treatment options, including online counseling through teletherapy.

The following questions pertain to your recent experiences with diet and exercise, as well as the way you perceive your body and weight.

Please answer “yes” or “no” for each question. Based on your experiences in the past six months:

Do you have a strong desire to be thinner than you currently are?
Does the thought of gaining weight make you feel extremely anxious or fearful?
Do you go long periods without eating anything as a means to control your weight?
Do you have strict, self-imposed rules about the type and quantity of food you eat and experience extreme feelings of shame and guilt when you break these rules?
Do you have a body mass index lower than 17?
Do you use diuretics or laxatives to control your weight?
Does gaining even a small amount of weight have a substantial, negative impact on your self-esteem?
Do you exercise excessively to control your weight?
Have you engaged in at least one episode of binge eating, during which you felt that you couldn’t stop eating?
If you have engaged in binge eating, did you feel extremely guilty and ashamed afterward?
Have you made yourself throw up to prevent yourself from gaining weight?
Do you have trouble making time for your relationships, work or hobbies because you’re preoccupied with controlling your diet and weight?

This quiz is confidential and your assessment results will appear on the next page. Please enter your information below to receive your results.

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