Your Score on the Eating Attitudes Test
Disclaimer: The EAT-26 is a screening test designed to assess concerns and attitudes common in those with eating disorders. The purpose of completing the EAT-26 is not to diagnose an eating disorder. Diagnosis can only be done in a formal psychological evaluation conducted by a qualified professional. Completing the EAT-26 is educational and will only tell you if you have symptoms that warrant further evaluation. The information gathered by completing the EAT-26 questionnaire is anonymous. All identifying information will be kept completely confidential.
Here is your score:
Test Score: 44
Behavioral Questions Answered: At least one behavorial question was answered with a “Yes”.
What it means:
Criteria for seeking a follow-up evaluation with a qualified mental health professional:
A score of more than 20 on the EAT-26.
A “yes” answer to any one of the behavioral screening questions.
A body mass index BMI below 18.
A respondent feels that she or he has significant eating or weight concern.
1. A score of more than 20 on the EAT-26: “your score on the EAT-26 indicates significant eating or weight concerns and a significant percentage of young women who score in this range have eating disorders or at risk for developing eating disorders. Based on your score, it is recommended that you seek a consultation from a qualified health professional to determine if your concerns require special assistance.”
2. A positive response to one or more of the four behavioral questions following the EAT-26: “You have reported a behavior that indicates a potentially significant problem common among people with eating disorders. Based on your score, it is recommended that you seek a consultation from a qualified health professional to determine if your concerns require special assistance.”
3. A BMI below 18: “The body weight that you have reported indicates that you can be considered to be “significantly underweight”. Based on your reported body weight, you could consult with a health professional in order to determine if your weight reflects any condition of medical concern”.