Are eating disorders serious?
First and foremost it is important to know that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, not choices. In fact, Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
What are the signs that I might have an eating disorder?
If you are experiencing symptoms that make you wonder if you might have an eating disorder, please answer the questions provided below: (Eating Disorder Screen- SCOFF)
1. Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
2.Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
3. Have you recently lost more than 15 pounds in a 3 month time period?
4. Do you believe yourself to be fat when you feel uncomfortably full?
5. Would you say that food dominates your life?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of the five questions, you may be at risk. Please call us or contact us here. All calls are private and confidential.
What if someone I know is struggling?
If someone you know is exhibiting signs of an eating disorder share your concerns with them, the sooner the better. It is important to make sure you express your concerns in a supportive and respectful way.
What’s the next step?
There is help and hope if you are struggling with an eating disorder. Please call us at or contact us here.
Morgan, J.F., Lacey, J.H., & Luck, A. (2002, April). Validation of the SCOFF questionnaire for case detection of eating disorders in primary care. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Boston, MA.
Perry, L., Morgan, J., Reid, F., Brunton, J., O’Brien, A., Luck, A., and Lacey, H. (2002). Screening for symptoms of eating disorders: Reliability of the SCOFF Screening Tool with written compared to oral deliver. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 32, 466-472.