Please answer each statement carefully and choose one correlating statement that best describes the way you've been feeling over the past one month. This online anorexia test is a screening measure that can help you determine whether you might have some of the symptoms associated with anorexia that may require professional help.
Be honest for the most accurate results.
It’s important to note: These results are not a diagnosis and this quiz is not a diagnostic tool. However, you may benefit from a consultation with a licensed mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties in daily life. Eating disorders should only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.
Too often people stop short of seeking help due to fears that their concerns are not severe enough to warrant professional help. We urge you to reach out to a licensed professional after taking our online anorexia test.
If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255
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Thank you for taking our anorexia test! Below is a little bit more information about this disorder as well as links to mental health professionals who can help you.
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that involves consuming very small amounts of food and sometimes bingeing and/or purging. Anorexia can quickly become life threatening when a patient becomes starved, malnourished, and dehydrated. According to Wendy Oliver-Pyatt:
Anorexia nervosa, often referred to as simply “anorexia”, is a life-threatening eating disorder. People who suffer from anorexia consume very little amounts of food, which starves the body of essential nutrients. If untreated, those dealing with anorexia nervosa can become dangerously malnourished and thin while still seeing themselves as overweight. In many cases, people with anorexia nervosa must be hospitalized.
Who is Affected by Anorexia?
According to Webmd.com, 9 out of every 10 people with anorexia are female. In total across the United States, about 1% of females between the ages of 10 and 25 develop anorexia. Often, persons whose appearance are important to them, like dancers, actors, models, gymnasts, and similar are especially more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Also, people who tend to be perfectionists are more vulnerable.
Do I have Anorexia? Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa
Starvation isn't the only sign of anorexia. Here are some symptoms common with someone struggling or developing anorexia:
- A person is underweight for their age/gender/height
- A person is dehydrated
- A person's arms and/or legs are swollen
- A female no longer gets periods
- A person's hair is falling out
- A person often feels dizzy or faints
- A person is obsessed with losing weight
- A person's self-esteem is directly tied to their appearance or weight
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Anorexia Nervosa
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5, has been updated to include males who may have anorexia. "Do I have anorexia" should only be answered by a trained professional.
A person must have all of the below DSM criteria to be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa:
- Restriction of food intake leading to weight loss or a failure to gain weight resulting in a "significantly low body weight" of what would be expected for someone's age, sex, and height.
- Fear of becoming fat or gaining weight.
- Have a distorted view of themselves and of their condition (Examples of this might include the person thinking that they are overweight when they are actually underweight, or believing that they will gain weight from eating one single meal. A person with anorexia might also not believe there is a problem with being at a low body weight; these thoughts are known to professionals as "distortions.")
The first step to anorexia recovery is recognizing that you need help.
If you need help, there is hope! Reach out to a mental health professional that treats anorexia nervosa.
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