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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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you find that you seek or desire acceptance and/or approval from people, and/or that you have a hard time saying "no"?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you find that you are always questioning your own judgements and/or actions, and/or do you scrutinize yourself over small faults?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you think you are not good enough, stupid and/or worthless or that people are always judging you in a negative way?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you think life would be better and/or people would like you more if you were thin/thinner?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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 they are?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you continuously feel that you are overweight even though others have told you that you are not?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do family members and/or fiends often express concern for your weight-loss/gain, your appearance, and/or your eating habits?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you think everyone's problems are more important then your own, or do you belittle your own emotions and pain?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

 

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 pressures?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you feel guilty following a binge and/or purge episode, after eating or during and/or after periods of restriction/self-starvation?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE


Do you use self-starvation, diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, and/or obsessive exercise as a way to attempt to lose weight?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you abuse alcohol, drugs or prescription medication, and/or practice in self-hurting behavior such as cutting?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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" scheme?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Do you set weight-goals for yourself only to find when you reach it that you want to lose more? YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

Would you worry about a friend or family member that came to you with similar weight-loss/coping methods?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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.)?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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)?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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)?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE

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?
YES
NO
MAYBE


This test alone will not necessarily tell you whether or not you suffer from an Eating Disorder. Answering YES or MAYBE to at least one or more questions in Section A, combined with answering YES or MAYBE to at least one or more questions in Section B, can be an indication that you could be suffering from an Eating Disorder or be well on your way to one.


Answering YES to one or more questions in Section C can indicate related physical health problems, and it may be a good idea for you to visit your doctor.

(taken from frumteens.com website)