Eating Attitudes Test: Do You Have an Eating Disorder?

Anorexia.  Bulimia.  Binge eating.  Purging.  Excessive exercising.  Food restriction.

Are you struggling with any of these symptoms or conditions? Eating disorders can have series emotional and physical consequences. The good news is that they are treatable. Identifying the problem is the first step.

Are you wondering if you may have an eating disorder like bulimia or anorexiaThe Eating Attitudes Test, developed by  D.M. Garner, M.P. Olmsted, Y. Bohr, and P.E. Garfinkel is a screening test to help you evaluate possible eating disorder symptoms.

Complete an online version at Psych Central


The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) helps measure the symptoms and concerns most prevalent in those with eating disorders. The EAT-26 is not meant to be a diagnostic tool and should not be substituted for a professional evaluation. Completing the test is for educational purposes only. The diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders requires the assistance of a qualified professional. For more information on treatment for eating disorders see:

Dr. Kathleen Young

Something Fishy


Answer each question with  Always, Usually, Often, Sometimes, Rarely or Never

1. I am terrified about being overweight
2. I avoid eating when I am hungry
3. Find myself preoccupied with food
4. Have gone on eating binges where I feel that I may not be able to stop
5. Cut my food into small pieces
6. Aware of the calorie content of foods that I eat
7. Particularly avoid foods with a high carbohydrate content (i.e. bread, rice, potatoes, etc.)
8. Feel that others would prefer if I ate more
9. Vomit after I have eaten
10. Feel extremely guilty after eating
11. Am preoccupied with a desire to be thinner
12. Think about burning up calories when I exercise
13. Other people think that I am too thin
14. Am preoccupied with the thought of having fat on my body
15. Take longer than others to eat my meals
16. Avoid foods with sugar in them
17. Eat diet foods
18. Feel that food controls my life
19. Display self-control around food
20. Feel that others pressure me to eat
21. Give too much time and thought to food
22. Feel uncomfortable after eating sweets
23. Engage in dieting behavior
24. Like my stomach to be empty
25. Enjoy trying new rich foods
26. Have the impulse to vomit after meals

For all items except #25, each of the responses receives the following value:
Always = 3
Usually = 2
Often = 1
Sometimes = 0
Rarely = 0
Never = 0
For item #25, the responses receive these values:
Always = 0
Usually = 0
Often = 0
Sometimes = 1
Rarely = 2
Never = 3

Please respond to each of the following questions:
1) Have you gone on eating binges where you feel that you may not be able to stop?
No Yes How many times in the last 6 months?
2) Have you ever made yourself sick (vomited) to control your weight or shape?
No Yes How many times in the last 6 months?
3) Have you ever used laxatives, diet pills or diuretics (water pills) to control your weight or shape?
No Yes How many times in the last 6 months?
4) Have you ever been treated for an eating disorder?
No Yes When?
5) Have you recently thought of or attempted suicide?
No Yes When?

After scoring each item, add the scores for a total. If your score is over 20,

we recommend that you discuss your responses

with a therapist.

If you responded yes to any of the five YES/NO items on the bottom of the EAT,

we also suggest that you discuss your responses

with a counselor.

The EAT-26 questionnaire is copyright David M. Garner and Paul E. Garfinkel, 1979, and David M. Garner, et al, 1982.

Used 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.

Kathleen Young, Psy.D.

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