Bulimia Test: Am I Bulimic?
A test for bulimia can help answer the question, "Am I bulimic?" Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by the extreme need to control the intake of food. Bulimia is typified by the intake of large amounts of food, known as bingeing, and then ridding the body of calories in an unhealthy way, known as purging. Bulimia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening illness that should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to achieve the best possible outcome of life-long remission.
Take A 10 Question Bulimia Test
There is no single test for bulimia, but some behaviors and physical bulimia symptoms are strong indicators of the disorder. If you're wondering, "Am I bulimic?" then the following bulimia test may indicate whether you need professional help to deal with an eating disorder.
Honestly answer the following bulimia test questions1 with a "yes" or "no" answer:
- Do you eat to the point of being uncomfortably full and making yourself sick?
- Do you worry about controlling how much you eat?
- Have you recently lost more than 14 pounds in a 3-month period?
- Do you believe yourself to be fat while others say you are thin?
- Would you say that food and eating dominates your life?
- Do you consume large amounts of food in one sitting and feel guilty afterwards?
- Do you eat in secret or avoid eating in front of other people?
- Have you used vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise, fasting, diuretics, or other medications to control your weight?
- Do you feel that your self-worth is determined by your body's shape and size?
- Are you depressed, anxious or have a substance abuse problem?
Bulimia Test Results First Step in Answering Question: "Am I Bulimic?"
Have you answered "yes" to any of the bulimia test questions? If so, print out this page with your answers. Consider watching your eating behavior over the next several months and reassess by taking the test again. You may be in danger of having or developing bulimia or another eating disorder. Disordered eating problems and patterns are changed most effectively when caught early and treated by a professional.
If you answered "yes" to three or more questions on this test for bulimia, make an appointment with your doctor and discuss your results and your eating habits. Also, ask someone you trust, like a family member, to help you monitor your eating habits and watch for signs of bulimia.
If you answered "yes" to six or more questions on this bulimia test, you should immediately book an appointment with a doctor for a complete screening to rule out an eating disorder. The doctor will likely ask you questions like those above, complete a physical exam and run urine or blood analysis. Your doctor may also wish to test for physical damage caused by long-term bulimia. (See effects of bulimia)
Please remember, this bulimia test is not designed to provide a diagnosis of bulimia; only a licensed doctor or mental health professional can do that. For information on treatment of bulimia, go here.
Last Updated: 14 May 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD