Eating Disorder Self-Assessment

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:

  1. Do you feel like you sometimes lose or have lost control over how you eat?
  2. Do you ever make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  3. Do you believe yourself to be fat, even when others say you are too thin?
  4. Does food or thoughts about food dominate your life?
  5. Do thoughts about changing your body or your weight dominate your life?
  6. Have others become worried about your weight?

In this informal survey, 2 or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating.

We strongly encourage those who answer 2 or more “yes” answers to get a professional opinion. The National Eating Disorder Association offers a helpline. The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center offers an online search for eating disorder treatment centers across the country.

Adapted from the Scoff Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.