This handout is from a handout I received at a Regional Welfare Training Meeting given by Lynn Carol Maynes, PhD, from LDS Social Services.
Are You At Risk? The following questionnaire can help you decide if you have an eating disorder, or if you are at risk of developing one. Check the items that describe you:
____ Even though people tell me I’m thin, I feel fat.
____ I get anxious if I can’t exercise.
____ [Female] my menstrual periods are irregular or absent.
____ I worry about what I will eat.
____ If I gain weight, I get anxious and depressed.
____ I would rather eat by myself than with family or friends.
____ Other people talk about the way I eat.
____ I get anxious when people urge me to eat.
____ I don’t talk much about my fear of being fat because no one understands how I feel.
____ I enjoy cooking for others, but I usually don’t eat what I’ve cooked.
____ I have a secret stash of food.
____ When I eat, I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop.
____ I lie about what I eat.
____ I don’t like to be bothered or interrupted when I’m eating.
____ If I were thinner, I would like myself better.
____ I like to read recipes, cookbooks, calorie charts, and books about dieting and exercising.
____ I have missed work or school because of my weight or eating habits.
____ I tend to be depressed and irritable.
____ I feel guilty when I eat.
____ I avoid some people because they bug me about the way I eat.
____ When I eat, I feel bloated and fat.
____ My eating habits and fear of food interfere with friendships or romantic relationships.
____ I binge eat.
____ I do strange things with my food (cut it into tiny pieces, eat it in special ways, eat special dishes with special utensils, make patterns on my plate with it, secretly throw food away, give it to the dog, hide it, spit it out before I swallow, etc.)
____ I get anxious when people watch me eat.
____ I am hardly ever satisfied with myself.
____ I vomit or take laxatives to control my weight.
____ I want to be thinner than my friends.
____ I have said or thought, “I would rather die than be fat.”
____ I have stolen food, laxatives, or diet pills from stores or from other people.
____ I have fasted to lose weight.
____ When someone touches me, I am worried about my fat and being felt.
____ I have noticed one or more of the following: cold hands and feet, dry skin, thinning and fragile nails, swollen glands in neck, dental cavities, dizziness, weakness, fainting, and rapid or irregular heartbeat.
Check out the Eating Disorder Statistics and Notes.