How can I tell if I have a problem with food or eating? Here’s a simple Self Scoring Assessment Tool. This is not meant to be used as a clinical diagnosis, but as a tool to help determine if it’s possible that you could improve your relationship with food.
Answer these 6 questions honestly:
- Do you feel like you sometimes lose or have lost control over how you eat?
- Do you ever make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
- Do you believe yourself to be fat, even when others say you are too thin?
- Does food or thoughts about food dominate your life?
- Do thoughts about changing your body or your weight dominate your life?
- Have others become worried about your weight?
In this informal survey, 2 or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. Adapted from the Scoff Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.
We strongly encourage those who answer 2 or more “yes” answers to get a professional opinion. Eating disorders are serious illnesses, but with the right treatment people can, and do, recover.