If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, This test can help you determine the severity of the disorder and what should be done to investigate further or to get additional help to resolve the problem. It is always better to get help to investigate a possible eating disorder than to assume there is no problem. This disease can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. To learn more about this disease, here are the recent top-selling books on anorexia nervosa.
Answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:
1. Divide your weight (in pounds) by your height (in inches). If the result is over 2.4 pounds per inch or you don't think of yourself as "fat" or "overweight", you can discontinue this test...you are not anorexic. Do you think of yourself as overweight or "fat" although the result is less than 2.4 pounds per inch?
2. Do friends and family regularly express concern about your weight loss?
3. Has a doctor told you you need to gain weight?
4. When you look at yourself in the mirror, can you see your individual ribs or hip bones?
5. Do your arms have light, soft, peach-fuzz-like hair?
6. Have friends or family members regularly expressed concern about how little you eat or about your apparent weight loss?
7. Do you regularly suffer from fatigue or inability to concentrate?
8. Do you feel anxiety about eating?
9. Do you regularly find it difficult to consume a normal serving of meat, grain and vegetables at one meal? A normal serving of each is about 6-8 ounces.
10. Do you regularly find it difficult to consume 3 normal meals a day?
11. To control your weight, do you feel it's necessary to exercise more than 1 hour a day, 3-4 days a week?
A. If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, monitor yourself for the next 3 months and visit Anorexia Nervosa Tips for more information.
B. If you answered "yes" to 3 or more of the questions, take the actions in "A" above and find a trusted friend or family member (one without an eating disorder) to help you monitor yourself.
C. If you answered "yes" to 5 or more of the questions, Take the actions in "A" & "B" above and have your friend take you to the doctor for a complete examination to rule out Anorexia Nervosa. Your friend is necessary because many who suffer from this disease also suffer from denial.
D. If you're taking this test to see if a loved one may have Anorexia Nervosa, understand you may have fewer "yes" answers for them by observation and they still may have the disease. If you're still concerned after the test, confront them on the issue and get them to take the test, themselves. Then help them follow the instructions in the test scoring section.
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