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Here are some questions for you to consider if you think you may have an Eating Disorder, or if you think you know someone who does. Print this out, read the questions carefully and answer honestly.
SECTION A -- FEELINGS
Are you a perfectionist, a person
who always wants to be in control, an overachiever and/or do you think no
matter what you do it is never enough?
Do you find that you seek or
desire acceptance and/or approval from people, and/or that you have a hard
time saying "no"?
Do you find that you are always
questioning your own judgements and/or actions, and/or do you scrutinize
yourself over small faults?
Do you think you are not good
enough, stupid and/or worthless or that people are always judging you in
a negative way?
Do you hide your feelings and/or
opinions from people for fear of being judged negatively, and/or do you
feel like a burden to others with your problems?
Within your family and/or circle
of friends are you considered "the strong one" who everyone will
come to with problems, and/or you never seem to talk much about your own?
Do you think life would be better
and/or people would like you more if you were thin/thinner?
Do you find yourself often comparing
your appearance and weight to others, strangers and/or models and actors,
and wishing to be as "nice looking" or as "thin" as
Do you continuously feel that
you are overweight even though others have told you that you are not?
Do family members and/or fiends
often express concern for your weight-loss/gain, your appearance, and/or
your eating habits?
Do you think everyone's problems
are more important then your own, or do you belittle your own emotions and
Do you often feel numb or empty
inside, like your life lacks fulfillment and happiness, like something is
missing or there is a void inside?
Do you feel as though you have
a "conscience" or "voice" that tells you negative things
about yourself, convinces you that you do not deserve to eat and/or to be
happy, or that tells you that you are or deserve to be fat and ugly?
Examining yourself and how you
feel, do you believe that you may suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia or Compulsive
Overeating, or any combination of the three?
Do you suffer from bouts of depression,
hopelessness, and/or lack of motivation; and/or do you lind your own problems
overwhelming and hard to handle?
Are you depressed, suicidal,
stressed-out, and/or fatigued; and/or do you suffer from anxiety or panic
attacks, mood swings,rage and/or insomnia?
Have you ever been diagnosed
with clinical depression, manic depression, bipolar II disorder, post traumatic
stress disorder, or multiple-personality disorder, or any other emotional
or mental illness?
SECTION B - BEHAVIORS
"PURGING" IS DEFINED AS ANY BEHAVIOR USED TO TRY TO RID THE BODY OF FOOD (AND SOMETIMES FEELINGS) - THIS INCLUDES SELF-INDUCED VOMITING, RESTRICTION AND STARVATION OR FASTING PERIODS AFTER BINGING, COMPULSIVELY EXERCISING, TAKING LAXATIVES OR DIURETICS, ETC.
Do you eat, self-starve or restrict,
binge and/or purge, and/or compulsively exercise when you are feeling lonely,
badly about yourself or about a situation, or when you are feeling emotional
While eating, self-starving,
or binging and/or purging do you feel comforted, relieved, like emotional
pressures have been lifted, or like you are in more control?
Do you feel guilty following
a binge and/or purge episode, after eating or during and/or after periods
When eating do you ever feel
out of control or like you will lose control and not be able to stop; and/or
do you try to avoid eating because of this fear?
Do you typically feel guilty
after a binge, or after any snack or meal, and like you have almost instantly
gained weight, like you are a failure, and/or like you-have sabotaged yourself?
Do you drink a lot of water,
tea or coffee, eat a lot of candy or junk food and/or gum, smoke, and/or
take caffeine pills as an attempt to control appetite and/or feel more energetic?
Do you abuse alcohol, drugs or
prescription medication, and/or practice in self-hurting behavior such as
Do you weigh yourself often and
does the number on the scale dictate your mood and/or self-worth for the
day; and/or do you lind you are continuously trying to get that number lower?
Are you constantly "on a
diet", and/or counting calories and fat grams; and/or do you feel like
you've tried every "fad diet" or "lose weight quick"
Do you set weight-goals for yourself
only to find when you reach it that you want to lose more? YES
DO you do any of the following:
hide and/or steal food, laxatives and/or diet pills; eat and/or exercise
secretively; aveid eating in public or around others; wear clothes that
hide your weight; and/or make excuses (like "I don't feel well")
to avoid meals?
Are you secretive about your
eating practices, do you think they are abnormal, and/or would you aveid
recommending your methods to a family member or friend?
Would you worry about a friend
or family member that came to you with similar weight-loss/coping methods?
Do you lie about your eating
behaviors, hide them from others at all costs, and/or would you lie or steal
to see they could continue?
Do you spend a lot of time cooking
for others or reading recipes, and/or studying the nutritional information
on food (calories, fat grams, etc.)?
SECTION C -- PHYSICAL SIGNS
Are you temperature sensitive
(always feel cold or hot), and/or do you get tingling in you extremities
(hands and feet)?
Do you find that you bruise easily,
have a very high tolerance for pain, and/or you are extremely noise sensitive
(even only slightly loud noises irritate you)?
Are you unrealistically tired
relative to the amount of energy expended (ex. do you feel winded or dizzy
after climbing a flight of stairs), and/or do you find yourself often fatigued?
Do you suffer any of the following:
heart palpitations and/or chest pains; fainting spells, blackouts or dizziness;
chronic lower back pain, headaches or lightheadedness, tingling in arms
or legs, numbness in face or other parts of the body, joint pain, excitability,
mood swings, hyperactivity; Iow blood pressure and/or body temperature or
escalated blood pressure or cholesterol; and/or chronically sick with cold
or flu symptoms?
Do you suffer any of the following:
disruption in menstrual cycle and/or irregularity, infertility, decreased
sex drive, irritability; lack of ability to concentrate, blurred vision;
kidney and/or urinary tract infections; sore throats, dental problems; stomach
cramping, blood in stools or vomit, diarrhea, constipation and/or incontinence
(loss of bowel control); insomnia, fatigue, and/or anxiety or depression?
(taken from frumteens.com website)