any of these statements describe how you feel?
agree with any of these statements, there
is someone to help you:
think my diet is out of control.
feel out of control when I eat.
feel scared around food.
am scared that if I eat normally I will gain weight.
am scared that I am fat but no one is telling me.
want to lose weight so people will like me more.
throw up sometimes after I eat.
throw up almost every time after I eat.
skip meals a lot or throw my lunch away.
don't eat the foods I used to like because they're
will not miss a day of exercise.
am scared to miss a day of exercise.
have lost more than 5 pounds this month.
think about food so much that it is interfering with my
spend my day thinking about where, when, and what I will
like to think about food all the time. It is the best
part of my life.
think I need help but I'm scared.
A dietitian can help you:
A mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist,
or counselor) can help you with:
- change negative eating habits or disordered eating
- improve general health through nutrition
- follow a medical diet or a diet for
a nutrition-related illness
- improve athletic performance, strength, endurance, body
- with a child who's a picky eater or isn't growing
- when you suspect someone has an eating disorder but is
not ready to admit it.
Remember, an evaluation with a dietitian or therapist is
just one appointment. If you don't feel comfortable with the
dietitian or therapist that you meet with, there are many
- relationship or family problems
- depression, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties
that are out
of control, such as eating, violence, or substance abuse
- handling stress
- handling a traumatic event.
hesitate to call a dietitian or mental health professional,
consider bringing this checklist to your doctor, nurse,
minister, rabbi, school counselor, or someone else you trust.
To find professionals in your area,
Find a Treatment Professional, Facility, or Support Group section on our
Please call 911 if an individual is a danger to him/herself.