Eating Attitudes Test

Use this quiz to help you determine if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of anorexia, bulimia, or another eating disorder.


Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an eating disorder that needs professional attention. Rate your agreement with each statement on the scale from “Always”, “Usually”, “Often”, “Sometimes”, “Rarely”, to “Never”. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of an eating disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. Please take the time to fill out the below form as accurately, honestly and completely as possible. All of your responses are confidential.



I am a year old //
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 am 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.

11. I am preoccupied with a desire to be thinner.

12. I think about burning up calories when I exercise.

13. Other people think that I am too thin.

14. I am preoccupied with the thought of having fat on my body.

15. I take longer than others to eat my meals.

16. I avoid foods with sugar in them.

17. I eat diet foods.

18. I feel that food controls my life.

19. I display self-control around food.

20. I feel that others pressure me to eat.

21. I give too much time and thought to food.

22. I feel uncomfortable after eating sweets.

23. I engage in dieting behavior.

24. I like my stomach to be empty.

25. I have the impulse to vomit after meals.

26. I enjoy trying rich new foods.



The EAT-26 questionnaire is copyright David M. Garner and Paul E. Garfinkel, 1979, and David M. Garner, et al, 1982. Used with permission. Garner, D.M., Olmsted, M.P., Bohr, Y., and Garfinkel, P.E. (1982). The Eating Attitudes Test: Psychometric features and clinical correlates. Psychological Medicine, 12, 871-878.


Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Eating Attitudes Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2020, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 29 Jul 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jul 2020
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