How to Diagnose an Eating Disorder

Wonder if you have an eating disorder?

Do you have weird eating patterns?

Do you wonder if your teammate has an eating disorder?

Here is a simple quiz to help assess the situation:

Scoff Questions

  1. Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  2. Do you worry you have lost control over how much you eat?
  3. Have you recently lost more than 14 pounds in a 3-month period?
  4. Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  5. Would you say that food dominates your life?

Give yourself one point is for every "yes".

If you score two or higher, you likely are struggling with anorexia or bulimia.

For help, visit, SomethingFishy and

For books, check out Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook (chapters on Dieting Gone Awry), Beating Your Eating Disorder by Glenn Waller and any book at

Be wise and get need not struggle on your own!

Read more tips like these in "Food Guide for Soccer--Tips & Recipes From the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, RD. The book addresses nutrition questions and concerns of soccer athletes of all ages, and offers almost 50 recipes from players in Women's Professional Soccer. Find the book at or at

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