This eating disorder test assesses whether you undergo any relevant symptoms to put you at risk of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. Below the form you will discover an example result and more on this subject.
How does the eating disorder test work?
This is a quick personal assessment tool that can reveal whether you undergo any serious eating disorder or if you suffer from any underlying symptoms. There are five sections in the test, four of them with sentences you can choose from and one with data to input. In the first sections you will have to choose what fits your behavior and attitude towards food and eating in general and the last section will offer a quick ideal weight test where you only need to input your age, gender and height. You can use either the English or metric measurement units for the height.
The eating disorder test returns a percentage and a level for eating disorders accompanied by percentages in each of the first four sections. Please be aware of the fact that the above form should NOT be taken as a substitute for any professional medical/mental health service.
Let’s take the case of a 26 year old female with a height of 5ft 4in that completes the test. Here is her result:
Presence of symptoms associated to eating disorders: 25.00% - Mild eating disorder symptoms
Based on your answers you seem to be undergoing mild levels of eating disorder symptoms. There are few important eating disorder related symptoms that bother you. The best advice would be to take a look at it and if you consider necessary you may search for a professional assessment of your health especially if what you are experiencing now seems to be getting worse in time. Please note that only a licensed professional has the authority to officially diagnose an individual with eating disorder symptoms.
- Self control associated symptoms: 28.57%
- Self image associated symptoms: 7.14%
- Attitude towards food associated symptoms: 21.43%
- Eating behavior associated symptoms: 42.86%
Your recommended weight, based on the healthy BMI recommendation is between 107.8 lbs and 145.6 lbs
What is an eating disorder?
These are a type of serious physical disorder in which people get permanently worried and preoccupied by the amount of food and by weight in such way it negatively influences health, well being and self image confidence. Eating disorders are more frequently met in women, but this doesn’t mean that they cannot affect men too. There are three main types:
- Anorexia nervosa;
- Bulimia nervosa;
- Binge eating disorder.
Anorexia nervosa – is characterized by a distinctive behavioral pattern in regard to eating habits and a distorted body image. The individual is obsessed with his or her weight and continues to keep strict dieting, take diet pills, laxatives and diuretics in order to lose even more weight despite being underweight already. This fixation on body image takes over normal activities with a great interest in nutrition, calories and dieting despite not being able to maintain a normal eating pattern. Emotional consequences vary from obsessive thoughts, depression, lying about one’s actions and an overly critical image of the body.
Bulimia nervosa – is characterized by repeated episodes of binge eating followed by purging activities in order to avoid putting on weight. It is caused by the similar to anorexia desire of maintaining a thin body but at the same time it battles the compulsion to eat, be it triggered by emotional or physical causes. What is different is the emotional response and the actions taken after a binge episode when guild and shame install and the individual resorts to all kinds of purging actions to eliminate the food intake. These can vary from inducing vomit, engaging in strenuous physical exercise or taking laxatives or diuretics. Such an episode is then followed by a period of restrictive dieting which will then be accompanied by a response of the body in the shape of accumulating cravings that will further lead to another episode of binge eating.
Binge eating – represents the repeated ingestion of large amounts of food, larger than the normal intake because of emotional triggers rather than physical ones. There is no control over eating and these episodes end only when it becomes physically painful. Characteristic is that there is no significant weight change no matter how much food is eaten during these episodes because these are often followed by fasting periods as the person cannot keep a normal eating pattern.
Consequences of eating disorders
All the above disorders are weakening health and producing all kinds of long term consequences on the body. To start with, severe caloric restriction has the most unwanted consequences as the body cannot function properly and slows down its functions while trying to conserve the little energy that it is still given.
During starvation, all body fat deposit are lost, there are changes in the nervous system from brain chemical imbalances leading to mood swings to more serious effects on slowing memory, cognitive processes and headaches or fainting.26 Mar, 2015