It may or may not be clear to you if you have an eating disorder. Oftentimes eating disorders are misunderstood and associated only with weight loss (Although weight loss can be a symptom of an eating disorder.). The fact is many people with eating disorders are NOT underweight.
This screening tool is to help determine whether you may have an eating disorder or at risk for developing one. This tool is not to take the place of a medical assessment.
Answer the following questions to help assess your eating disorder risk.
1. Feel preoccupied (or obsessed) with food, calories or grams of fat?
2. Avoid social situations because you are too anxious about eating?
3. Worry constantly about your weight and shape?
4. Think you are fat even though others disagree?
5. Eat large amounts of food in a short amount of time?
6. Feel like you have to exercise to “make-up” for food eaten?
7. Berate yourself after eating?
8. Feel out of control when eating?
9. Skip meals frequently?
10. Avoid eating with others?
11. Hide food?
12. Vomit after eating?
13. Chew and spit out food at meals on a regular basis?
14. Feel like you don’t deserve food or to eat?
15. Often feel guilty after eating?
16. Chronically diet?
17. Often feel bad or guilty after you weigh yourself?
18. Avoid going to the doctor because you don’t want to talk about weight?
17. Use laxatives in hopes to lose weight?
18. Feel like you are “addicted to food”?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions it could mean that you have an eating disorder or at risk for developing an eating disorder.
Eating disorders usually don’t just go away on their own. It usually takes professional help for an individual to recover from disordered eating.
Making the initial call to get help can be scary and overwhelming, but likely prove to provide relief as eating disorders can make individuals feel alone, shame and guilt, hopeless, anxious and depressed.
Please talk with your doctor if you fee like you have an eating disorder and click here for eating disorder recovery resources. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help determine if my counseling services could be helpful in your recovery.