Do I Have An Eating Disorder? (EASY TEST)

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If you're wondering whether or not you have an eating disorder, there is one important question you should first ask yourself.

Why is it important to me to have this diagnosis?

In other words, what is actually going to change once you know whether or not you have an eating disorder?

The reason this is so important to first ask yourself is that the question ("Do I have an eating disorder?") represents a normal human phenomenon.  We all want to be told that what we're doing is normal.  When we're consistently engaging in a maladaptive and potentially dangerous behavior, we want the comfort that comes with being told, "No, that's normal, that's fine."

And I don't say that at all to invalidate anyone's concerns or fears.  It's a very real worry.  I was there myself.  

But it's important to make sure your intentions in asking this question are sound.  Before even learning whether or not what you're suffering from is a true eating disorder, you need to be ready - in the event that it is truly disordered eating to a clinical degree - to embark on the journey of recovery.  

READ: Disordered Eating vs. Eating Disorders

READ: 3 Essential Keys to Recovery From Your Eating Disorder

With that out of the way, let's get to the unbelievably simple litmus test...

How to tell whether you have an eating disorder

For starters, this is not an official test nor will it grant you an official diagnosis.  Nothing on this page is meant to constitute medical advice in any form.  For a true diagnosis, follow these two steps in order:

  1. Check out the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)'s screening tool.

  2. Speak to a doctor or psychiatrist.

But my unofficial test should give you a pretty good read on this.  The litmus test is this:

Could you go one week with out these behaviors?

If so, and we're not talking about the most grueling week of your life here but rather a simple transition to new behaviors, you're probably fine.

If not, or if you're finding yourself already starting to make excuses for why you won't be trying this, my inclination would be that some degree of disordered eating is at play.

If you're unsure, well... try to go one week, starting tomorrow.  If you find it is impossible not to engage in the behaviors (whether those be restricting, fasting, over-exercising, binge eating, purging, odd food rituals, obsessive calorie counting, water-loading, or anything else that feels abnormal to you and worries you), please reach out.  Even if you're not comfortable reaching out to some clinical resource, you can at least shoot me a message and discuss the matter.

But above all, remember:

You are enough.

So, with that said, are you ready to take that important first step toward recovery? If so…


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