Kristi L Shohet, MS, LCPC, CEDS

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The EAT-26 is one of the most commonly used inventories for identifying individuals at risk for an eating disorders. This instruments is administered by self-report, thus honesty when completing the inventory is necessary for the best results.  The EAT-26 consists of three subscales that evaluates food preoccupation, oral control, and bulimic tendencies, by measuring restrictive eating, fear of weight changes, weight restricting activities, maladaptive thought processes, and body dissatisfaction.   To use this inventory simply use the grid below to score each item and tally all 26 questions to yield a total score. 

1. Am terrified about being overweight

2. Avoid eating when I am hungry

3. Find myself preoccupied with food

4. Have gone on eating binges where I feel I may not be able to stop

5. Cut my food into small pieces

6. Aware of the calorie content of foods I eat

7. Particularly avoid food with a high carbohydrate content ( bread, rice, potatoes, etc).

8. Feel that others would prefer if I ate more

9. Vomit after I have eaten

10. Feel extremely guilty after eating

11. Am preoccupied with a desire to be thinner

12. Think about burning up calories when I exercise

13. Other people think I'm too thin

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

15. Take longer than others to eat my meals

16. Avoid foods with sugar in them

17. Eat diet foods

18. Feel that food controls my life

19. Display self-control around food

20. Feel that others pressure me to eat

21. Give too much time and thought to food

22. Feel uncomfortable after eating sweets

23. Engage in dieting behavior

24. Like my stomach to be empty

25. Have the impulse to vomit after meals

26. Enjoy trying new rich foods

For all items except #26, each of the responses receives the following value:
Always = 3
Usually = 2
Often = 1
Sometimes = 0
Rarely = 0
Never = 0

For item #26, the responses receive these values:
Always = 0
Usually = 0
Often = 0
Sometimes = 1
Rarely = 2
Never = 3

After scoring each item, add the scores for a total. If your score is 20 or more, it is recommended that you discuss your responses with a counselor, nutritionist, or family doctor.

The results of this test is not intended to determine a diagnosis, nor suggest a life-threatening disorder, however the EAT-26 has proven to be an effective screening tool by identifying eating disorder symptomology, thus promoting earlier treatment and recovery.

Reproduced with permission by Dr. D. Garner (Garner et al., 1982. The eating attitudes test: Psychometric features and clinical correlates. Psychological Medicine , 12 , 871‑878). Further information on the EAT-26 can be obtained from: