Do I Have an Eating Disorder? Eating Disorder Quiz

Eating disorders are dangerous mental health conditions that nearly always require appropriate medical treatment to overcome.

Still, these illnesses often involve depression, anxiety, or other related issues that can make it hard to come to terms with the reality of the situation.

Taking an eating disorder test may be able to help you or your loved one understand some of the meaning behind some thoughts or actions or get a different perspective on eating habits and the need to seek an official eating disorder assessment or treatment.

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How Will an Eating Disorder Quiz Help?

It’s important to note that an eating disorder quiz will not tell you whether you have an eating disorder. The only way to be sure is to see your primary care physician, therapist, or another medical professional for a clinical diagnosis.

However, an eating disorder test can be used as a guide, helping you to gauge the severity of your thoughts or behaviors around food, eating, and body image. It can also be used as an indication that there’s something of concern going on, whether or not it’s an eating disorder specifically.


Do You Have an Eating Disorder? Take This Online Quiz

Take this quiz to help you decide whether or not you need to seek professional advice or treatment for an eating disorder.

Answer some general questions about how you feel about food, your current eating habits, how you feel after you eat, and other indicators of an eating disorder.

NOTE: This quiz is for general informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute medical advice. The quiz is not an attempt to practice medicine and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, talk to your healthcare provider and follow their advice regardless of any result you have obtained on this quiz. The quiz does not establish a doctor-patient relationship.

Eating Disorder Hope makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the quiz and expressly disclaims any liability in connection therewith.

I regularly eat even when I am not hungry.

I eat very quickly and am not aware how much I have eaten.

I am very self-conscious about eating in social situations.

I often try new diets and/or exercise plans.

I often feel guilty about eating.

I am very concerned about my weight.

I have used laxatives or diuretics in order to prevent weight gain.

I have induced vomiting to prevent weight gain.

I do not like myself or the way I look.

My weight and appearance constantly preoccupy my thoughts.

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When to Get Help

If you’re wondering whether you have an eating disorder to the point of taking a quiz, it may already be a sign that you need help. Concern about your thoughts or actions is an intuition that’s often worth listening to.

Otherwise, if you think about food, eating, or body shape and weight to the point where these subjects disrupt or increasingly dictate your everyday life, it’s cause for concern.

If you struggle with any associated mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, have a parent or close relative with an eating disorder, or experience trauma, bullying, or other harmful events, you may be at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder.

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Signs of Eating Disorders

There are many different eating disorders, and each involves their own signs and symptoms. But some common symptoms of the most common eating disorders include: [1,2,3]

Anorexia Nervosa

The signs of anorexia include:

  • Extreme food restriction, including eliminating certain foods or entire food groups
  • Strange eating rituals, including eating foods in specific orders or not allowing foods to touch on the plate
  • Disturbed thoughts about body size, shape, and weight
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Avoiding events that involve food
  • Intense fear around gaining weight
  • Persistent behavior to prevent weight gain
  • Dry or yellow skin
  • Dry or brittle hair
  • Loss of menstrual period

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Bulimia Nervosa

The signs of bulimia include:

  • Loss of a sense of control over how much or what is eaten during binging episodes
  • Compensatory behavior following a binging episode, including self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, and excessive exercise
  • Constant sore throats
  • Swollen salivary glands (sometimes called “bulimia cheeks”)
  • Worn tooth enamel, tooth decay, and other oral health problems
  • Severe dehydration
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Frequently disappearing or going to the bathroom after meals
  • Avoiding social situations that involve food
  • Social withdrawal or isolation

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Binge Eating Disorder

The signs of binge eating disorder include:

  • Eating vast amounts of food in relatively short periods
  • Hiding or hoarding food or evidence of eating (such as food wrappers)
  • Extreme guilt around the amount of food eaten
  • Eating even when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating beyond the point of feeling physically full
  • Frequently dieting
  • Eating alone or in secret to avoid embarrassment around eating behavior
  • Eating abnormally quickly or losing control over what or how much is eaten

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The signs of ARFID include:

  • An extreme disgust of or discomfort with certain foods, particularly due to color, texture, or smell
  • An extreme fear of choking or vomiting after eating
  • Disinterest in food and/or very low appetite
  • A lack of body image concerns driving eating behaviors
  • Not regularly receiving daily nutritional needs due to food limitations
  • Only eating a small group of very specific foods

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  1. Eating Disorders. (n.d.). National Institutes of Mental Health. Accessed December 2023.
  2. Eating Disorders. (n.d.). Mayo Clinic. Accessed December 2023.
  3. Warning Signs & Symptoms. (n.d.). National Eating Disorder Association. Accessed December 2023.