Are You a Healthy Eater, or Are You at Risk of an Eating Disorder? Self-Quiz Helps You Find the Answer
12-question quiz developed by The Renfrew Center Foundation can help
you determine whether you have a healthy relationship with food, or
whether you're flirting with an eating disorder.
test was developed by doctors, psychologists and nutritionists with
special expertise in treating eating disorders, and is designed to be
patients, we find that most women don't realize they have an unhealthy
relationship with food until it has already negatively affected their
lives," said Gayle Brooks, Ph.D., clinical director of The Renfrew
Center. "It's our hope that this diagnostic tool will raise a red flag
with some at-risk women and encourage them to seek professional help."
test consists of "yes" or "no" questions that evaluate attitudes and
behaviors concerning food and weight. Once the test is scored, the
guide places respondents in one of three categories: 1) may have or be
vulnerable to an eating disorder — professional assistance is
recommended; 2) at-risk behaviors and attitudes; or 3) healthy
A high score
can indicate serious and potentially dangerous issues with food and
eating. These issues may range from a food obsession to anorexia or
bulimia — eating disorders which could interfere with how you
function and your physical health. If you score in this category, you
should seek a professional assessment.
score means you may be responding to cultural influences regarding
acceptable appearance and how much and what to eat. Such attitudes
could negatively impact your self-acceptance and overall happiness. A
low score translates into a healthy relationship with food.
Some sample questions from the quiz:
Can you use some moderate restraint in your food selection to get
"healthy food," but not be so restrictive that you miss out on
Do you trust your body, that you could eat whatever you want as long as
you listen to your body (ate when you were hungry and quit when you
were satisfied), and not get fat?
Do thoughts about food, weight and dieting take up some of your time
and attention, but leave you time and energy for other important
aspects of your life, such as relationships, work and self-development?
self-screening quiz and information about treatment options are
available by calling 1-800-RENFREW or visiting The Renfrew Center's Web
site at www.renfrew.org.