Testing for eating disorders
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Testing for eating disorders


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Eating disorders they are more common problems than they appear. In addition to anorexia and bulimia, many other conditions are associated with unhealthy eating habits, including compulsive actions. Check out the tests in this tip and see if you tend to develop any of these disorders.

  • Consultation with a doctor

  • Food Attitude Test

  • Test for suspected anorexia and bulimia

  • Signs indicative of anorexia and bulimia

Consultation with a doctor

Before performing any test it is good to remember that none of them is able to confirm a diagnosis, they only point to trends and may reveal psychological conditions associated with eating. For a correct diagnosis it is essential to consult a specialist doctor and perform the tests prescribed by the professional.

Food Attitude Test

This test consists of 22 questions. If you answer yes to three or more questions, it is important to seek expert medical advice.

1 – Do you restrict your food regularly?

2 – Do you eat a lot in an uncontrolled way and soon afterwards do you vomit?

3 – Do you feel like you lose control when you eat?

4 – Do you feel very satisfied and in control when you can stop eating?

5 – Do you eat even when you are not hungry when you feel bored, angry or alone?

6 – Do you feel you don’t deserve to eat?

7 – Do you know the caloric content of everything you eat?

8 – Do you feel that the only thing you can control in your life is your weight and the desire to eat?

9 – Do you feel fat or not thin enough despite people saying otherwise?

10 – Do you use laxatives or diuretics to lose weight?

11 – Do you exercise for the purpose of burning calories and not being healthy?

12 – Do you usually eat hidden?

13 – Do you get irritated when someone comments on your way of eating?

14 – Do you feel guilty after eating?

15 – Do you think about food often?

16 – Do you feel that your life would be perfect if you lost weight?

17 – Are you very afraid of gaining weight?

18 – Do you feel ashamed of the way you eat?

19 – Do you feel the need to start dieting?

20 – Do you feel bad when you gain weight?

21 – Do you believe that your state of mind depends on your weight?

22 – Do you feel that you will continue to gain weight when you increase a kilo?

Test for suspected anorexia and bulimia

This 12-question test is capable of ascertain the risk a person is suffering from anorexia or bulimia. The test is for guidance only and does not constitute a medical diagnosis. The more yes answers to questions, the greater the risk.

1 – Do you control your food intensely?

2 – Are you afraid of overeating and getting fat?

3 – Do you believe that you are able to calculate the appropriate portions for your food?

4 – Do you usually continue to eat even when you are satisfied?

5 – Do you feel guilty when you eat high calorie foods?

6 – Do you think about how to get rid of calories when you eat too much?

7 – Do you have the feeling of losing control when you eat?

8 – Do you think you are overweight despite other people saying otherwise?

9 – Do you sometimes eat to control stress?

10 – Do you neglect other tasks by paying too much attention to food?

11 – Do you have difficulty eating something simply for pleasure?

12 – Do you usually think about how much and what you eat?

Signs indicative of anorexia and bulimia

The warning signs of anorexia and bulimia that should attract the attention of the patient and the people in their surroundings are voluntary caloric restriction, decrease or excessive increase in the consumption of water and other liquids, strange behaviors related to the act of eating (making meals standing up, cutting food into very small pieces), exaggerated increase in physical activity and decrease in hours of sleep.

Other symptoms to watch out for are irritability and mood swings, depressive symptoms, image disorder, denial of sensations such as hunger, thirst and tiredness, disinterest in hobbies storage of food in various places (cabinets, bags, drawers), intensive consumption of chewing gum, rejection of social events involving food and provoked vomiting.

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