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Eating and Body Image Self-check

The following self-check is designed to help you better understand your eating behaviours and attitudes. The self-check is not intended to provide a diagnosis. Rather, it identifies the experiences that are consistent with a possible eating disorder. Please answer the questions as honestly as you can.

We will not share your answers or any information about you with anyone. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

The EAT-26 has been reproduced with permission.
Garner, D.M., Olmsted, M.P., Bohr, Y., and Garfinkel, P.E. (1982). The Eating Attitudes Test: Psychometric features and clinical correlates. Psychological Medicine, 12, 871-878.

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I identify as
Male
Female
Trans
Enter your own
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How old are you?
12 or younger
13-15
16-18
19-25
25-30
31 or older
Prefer not to answer
I am terrified about being overweight.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I avoid eating when I am hungry.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I find myself preoccupied with food.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
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Always
I have gone on eating binges where I feel that I may not be able to stop
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I cut my food into small pieces.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I am aware of the calorie content of foods that I eat.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I particularly avoid food with a high carbohydrate content (i.e. bread, rice, potatoes, etc.)
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I feel that others would prefer if I ate more.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I vomit after I have eaten.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I feel extremely guilty after eating.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I am preoccupied with a desire to be thinner.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
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Always
I think about burning up calories when I exercise.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
Other people think that I am too thin.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I am preoccupied with the thought of having fat on my body.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I take longer than others to eat my meals.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I avoid foods with sugar in them.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I eat diet food.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I feel that food controls my life.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I display self-control around food.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I feel that others pressure me to eat.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I give too much time and thought to food.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I feel uncomfortable after eating sweets.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
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Always
I engage in dieting behavior.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
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Always
I like my stomach to be empty.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I have the impulse to vomit after meals.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I enjoy trying new rich foods.
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Often
Usually
Always
I am taking this test
To learn about myself
For fun; just playing around
Professional interest
To try and understand somebody else
Prefer not to answer
Have you received mental health care from a professional in the past year?
No
Yes
Prefer not to answer

Your results

Your answers suggest that you have no or only a few concerns related to dieting, body weight, body image or problematic eating behaviours. People who answer this way are at low risk for experiencing an eating disorder. However, do not let these results stop you from seeking help if you think that you might need it.

What you should know

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Thoughts, feelings and behaviours about body image and eating fall on a continuum and can range from healthy to unhealthy. Eating problems can show up in a variety of different ways. Some people may restrict how much they eat or try to rid themselves of calories. Other people may lose control of their eating (eating a lot in a short period of time) and then find ways to try to get rid of the calories.

What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Learning more about body image and eating concerns and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in your life.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing eating and body image concerns.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest a high level of body image and eating or weight-related concerns.

Most surveys of adolescents or young adults who have taken the EAT Self-check found that about 15% of young women and 5% of young men score at this level.

Do not panic. Your results simply mean that you should get this checked out by a professional who understands body image and eating or weight-related issues.

What you should know

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Eating problems can show up in a variety of different ways. Some people may restrict how much they eat or try to rid themselves of the calories. Other people may lose control of their eating, eating a lot in a short period of time, and then find ways to try to get rid of the calories. Professional help gives a person a much better chance of recovering from the serious effects of eating disorders.

What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing eating and body image concerns.

  2. Learning more about body image and eating concerns and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in your life.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest that you have very serious body image and eating/weight-related challenges.

You are strongly urged to talk with a professional about these body image and eating/weight-related concerns who can help determine if you have an eating disorder.

What you should know

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Eating problems can show up in a variety of different ways. Some people may restrict how much they eat or try to rid themselves of the calories. Other people may lose control of their eating, eating a lot in a short period of time, and then find ways to try to get rid of the calories. Professional help gives a person a much better chance of recovering from the serious effects of eating disorders.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing eating and body image concerns.

  3. Learning more about body image and eating concerns and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in your life.

What you should know

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What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend: