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Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26)

The EAT-26 has been reproduced with permission. Garner et al. (1982). The Eating Attitudes Test: Psychometric features and clinical correlates. Psychological Medicine, 12, 871-878. Please see the official EAT-26 website for further information regarding this test.

What are eating disorders?

An eating disorder is a mental condition characterized by unhealthy eating habits. It can manifest itself as overeating and vice versa - in various forms of refusal to eat, vomiting, psychological obsession on one’s own weight or body parameters. It is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders.

Today, about 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders (according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). It is one of the most dangerous mental disorders, it occupies second place in its influence on premature mortality (after opioid dependence). Recent studies show a disappointing trend - more and more people around the world experience this disorder in their lives.

The Covid-19 pandemic only exacerbated the situation - many people suffering from eating disorders were forced to stay at home all the time, which led to additional stress and made it even more difficult to control food intake.

Eating Disorder Test

The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) was developed in 1982 by Garner, Olmsted, Bohr, and Garfinkel and is by far the most widely used tool for identifying the risk of eating disorders. The EAT-26 is a more accurate version of the original 1979 EAT-40 test.

The test has high validity and test-retest reliability for both adolescents and adults.

Instruction

You will be offered three sections of simple questions. There is no wrong or right anwers, just fill out the form below as accurately, honestly and completely as possible.

Note that this test is provided for educational purposes only, and its questions and results can in no way be interpreted as a specialist or doctor’s advice.

Part A: Complete the following questions:

1. I am terrified about being overweight.
2. I avoid eating when I am hungry.
3. I find myself preoccupied with food.
4. I have gone on eating binges where I feel that I may not be able to stop.
5. I cut my food into small pieces.
6. I aware of the calorie content of foods that I eat.
7. I particularly avoid food with a high carbohydrate content (i.e. bread, rice, potatoes, etc.)
8. I feel that others would prefer if I ate more.
9. I vomit after I have eaten.
10. I feel extremely guilty after eating.

Part C: Behavioral Questions:

In the past 6 months have you:

Gone on eating binges where you feel that you may not be able to stop?
Ever made yourself sick (vomited) to control your weight or shape?
Ever used laxatives, diet pills or diuretics (water pills) to control your weight or shape?
Exercised more than 60 minutes a day to lose or to control your weight?
Lost 20 pounds or more in the past 6 months
Have you ever been treated for an eating disorder?
In the past 6 months have you: Never Once a month or less 2-3 times a month Once a week 2-6 times a week Once a day or more
A Gone on eating binges where you feel that you may not be able to stop?
B Ever made yourself sick (vomited) to control your weight or shape?
C Ever used laxatives, diet pills or diuretics (water pills) to control your weight or shape?
D Exercised more than 60 minutes a day to lose or to control your weight?
E Lost 20 pounds or more in the past 6 months? YES NO
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