Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q 6.0)
The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) is a self-report questionnaire that measures the frequency of thoughts and behaviours related to eating disorders in the past 28 days. It has four subscales: restraint, eating concern, shape concern and weight concern
, as well as behavioural symptoms related to these concerns (e.g., frequency of binge eating, vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics and overexercise). It is appropriate for use with adolescents and adults in primary care settings as a screener for eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and EDNOS).
Scores are presented as an average score (between 0 and 6), where 0 represents “No Days” of eating disorder symptoms and 6 represents symptoms “Everyday”.
Percentiles are also presented related to a normative female sample (Mond et al., 2006). A percentile of 50 represents typical eating and body image concerns among adult women while scores above the 85th percentile are considered to be of clinical significance. An Eating Disorder Percentile is also presented for the Global score, where a percentile of 50 is indicative of average scores for those independently diagnosed with an eating disorder (AN, BN, BED or EDNOS) (Aardoom, et al., 2012).
The literature indicates a Global Score clinical cut-off of 2.8 for women (Mond et al., 2015) and 1.68 for men (Schaelfer et al., 2018), however in Australia scores above 3 contributes to eligibility for eating disorder MBS items.
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