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Eating disorders affect as many as 30 million people in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, serious health conditions may arise that can be fatal. An eating disorder is serious, but it can be managed.

Answer the following questions honestly to help you gauge your feelings and behaviors concerning food. As you read through these questions, base your answers on your experiences in the past month. This will be followed up with further helpful information on this topic.


1. Do you weigh yourself repeatedly throughout the day?

Yes / No


2. Do you eat large quantities of food in secret?

Yes / No


3. Are family members concerned about your thinness?

Yes / No


4. Do you equate achieving a certain weight with happiness?

Yes / No


5. Do you feel anxious or stressed when you think about your eating?

Yes / No


6. Do you force yourself to purge after eating food?

Yes / No


7. Do you go for long periods of time (i.e. 8 or more hours) without eating?

Yes / No


8. Do you fear or stress about weight gain after eating food?

Yes / No


9. Have you taken laxatives in an attempt to lose weight?

Yes / No


10. Do you feel preoccupied with thoughts of food and/or calories?

Yes / No


11. Are you preoccupied with exercise in order to lose weight?

Yes / No


12. Do you want to lose weight even though your doctor has told you that you’re underweight?

Yes / No


Eating Disorder Quiz Discussion

If you answered yes to any questions, you should discuss the situation with a healthcare provider. Eating disorders are governed by a sense of compulsion. In essence, they’re very similar in some ways to addiction. Once a person has an eating disorder, they need to seek treatment in order to effectively manage it. Compulsions are not easily controlled, which is why treatment for eating disorders is imperative.

An eating disorder involves both psychological and physical aspects. Compulsion disorders are rooted in mental health, but eating disorders can dramatically alter physical health. Every 62 minutes, someone dies as a result of an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorders Coalition. A healthcare provider who specializes in eating disorders can help sufferers combat these conditions before they worsen and lead to serious health risks. If you suspect you have an eating disorder or are showing any symptoms of a developing disorder, it’s important to talk to your healthcare practitioner right away.

Tapestry provides compassionate and effective eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults in North Carolina. Dial (828) 490-4032 or complete an online form today to get the help you need.

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