What's an eating disorder?

It's good to have a healthy relationship with food and your weight. But if it turns emotional or obsessive, it may be an eating disorder. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating are types of eating disorders.

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Know the signs and symptoms

  • Eliminating food groups

  • Skipping whole meals

  • Constantly talking about food, calories and weight

  • Becoming distant from friends

  • Filling up on low-calorie foods, or using gum and water to feel full
  • Making excuses for not eating socially

  • Overeating, restrictive eating or eating fast


  • Having difficult emotions around eating

  • Eating in secret

  • Over exercising to make up for eating

Do I have an eating disorder?

Worried you have an eating disorder? Answer these questions to find out if it’s a possibility.

  • Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?


  • Do you worry you’ve lost control over how much you eat?

  • Have you lost more than 15 pounds in a three-month period? 

  • Do you believe you’re fat when others say you’re too thin?

  • Does food dominate your life?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may be at risk for an eating disorder. Melrose Center can help. 


Adapted from the Scoff Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.

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