The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) is a standardised self-report measure of symptoms and concerns characteristic of eating disorders.

[The following information is reproduced from the Eat-26 website with the permission of Dr David Garner, author and developer of EAT-26.]

The EAT-26 is not designed to make a diagnosis of an eating disorder or to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. It is a useful screening tool to assess "eating disorder risk" in high school, college and other special risk samples such as athletes.

Screening for eating disorders is based on the assumption that early identification can lead to earlier intervention, thereby reducing serious physical and psychological complications or even death.

The EAT-26 should be used as the first step in a two-stage screening process. According to this methodology, individuals who score 20 or more on the test should be interviewed by a qualified professional to determine if they meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. If you score below 20 on the EAT-26, you still could have a serious eating problem, so do not let the results deter you from seeking help.

At WWTW I encourage women to take the EAT-26 and I use it as a pre and post ‘assessment’ tool to measure the effectiveness of my counselling and small group interventions.

To take the Eat-26 test go to: www.eat-26.com

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