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    The below eating disorders (ED) quiz is knowledge oriented. ED information and treatment have been refined appreciably since the author's first involvement in 1983. However, there is still much to be considered. No one person has all the answers. The following three groups of interactive questions are meant to be somewhat entertaining and most definitely informative. Questions 1-12 are on anorexia, 13-24 are on bulimia, and 25-30 are on ED in general. The answers are explained in the drop-down boxes directly below the questions. Just click once in the answer box to open; once outside to close.

Note: For a cautionary diagnostic indication of someone's possible anorexia using BMI and related health risk, please visit our Diagnosis page.

  1. Which of the following behavioral characteristics is shown by a severe

    a. Has great difficulty lying down
    b. Wears an unusual number of layers of clothing
    c. Treats food as if it were a deadly poison
    d. Each of the above


  2. At what percentage of an anorexic's ideal body weight does a period of
      health risk begin?

    a. 60%
    b. 70%
    c. 80%
    d. 90%


  3. What type of prescription drugs has been used most often in
      treating anorexics?

    a. Stimulant
    b. Tranquilizer
    c. Antihypertensive
    d. Antidepressant


  4. What typical phrase embodies the possible deadly philosophy of a
      severe anorexic?

    a. Food is useless
    b. Control is God
    c. Thin is beautiful
    d. Death is a right


  5. What is the condition called when a severe anorexic has become
      mentally confused?

    a. Downtime
    b. Overload
    c. Sick mind syndrome
    d. Slow mind syndrome


  6. What is the best explanation why some severe anorexics starve
      themselves towards death?

    a. Their hope has died
    b. Their rational ability has failed
    c. They are semiconscious
    d. They enjoy starvation


  7. What term describes an anorexic's resolution to give up the core
      activity (i.e., starving)?

    a. Rejection phenomenon
    b. Conversion experience
    c. Peaceful pathway
    d. Serendipitous event


  8. What percentage range of severe anorexics die from their disorders?

    a.    1- 5%
    b.   5-10%
    c. 10-20%
    d. 20-25%


  9. Who, if anyone, should be blamed for a severe anorexic's condition?

    a. Anorexic
    b. Anorexic's parents
    c. Society
    d. No one


  10. What main agreement must be made between a therapist and a
        severe anorexic?

    a. Anorexic will not miss any therapy sessions
    b. Anorexic will get weighed at each session
    c. Anorexic will take all medication or stop therapy
    d. Anorexic will maintain a minimum weight or be hospitalized


  11. Which of the following activities is most appropriate for a
        recovering anorexic?

    a. Brisk walking
    b. Weight lifting
    c. Vigorous aerobics
    d. Swimming


  12. For anorexics, what is the greatest risk involved in recovering?

    a. Being hospitalized to gain weight
    b. Persevering until they succeed
    c. Losing control of food regulation
    d. Having to face the real world


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  13. Bulimics differ from anorexics in all EXCEPT which of the
        following ways?

    a. They carry more body mass
    b. They regulate food more rigidly
    c. They are more social
    d. They are more mentally alert


  14. Which of the following symptoms is least common in chronic bulimics?

    a. Depression and fear induced suicidal tendency
    b. Kleptomania (i.e., stealing), especially food
    c. Inflammed salivary glands, heartburn, and halitosis
    d. Disinterest in sexual activity


  15. Which of the following conditions does NOT indicate someone may
        be bulimic?

    a. Regular 10-pound weight fluctuations
    b. Hidden excess empty food containers
    c. Numb-like, guilt ridden dispositions
    d. Innate cravings for certain foods


  16. Which of the following foods is a bulimic likely to use for a
        binge episode?

    a. Fruit Jell-O™ with whipped cream
    b. Double Dutch chocolate ice cream
    c. Macadamia nuts
    d. Rice cakes with jelly


  17. Why is a bulimic's binge-purging such an absolutely self-defeating

    a. Because the post-purge buzz feels like a hangover
    b. Because the fear of discovery is so overwhelming
    c. Because the guilt of self-abuse is incapacitating
    d. Because about 20% of the eaten food turns into body fat


  18. Which of the following nicknames is used most often to describe
        a bulimic?

    a. Great pretender
    b. Binge-purger
    c. Sherlock
    d. Howler


  19. What term best describes the relationship between binged food and
        a severe bulimic?

    a. Crime partner
    b. Best friend
    c. Secret lover
    d. Casual acquaintance


  20. What are the two most important feelings for bulimics to be able
        to recognize in themselves?

    a. Fear and guilt
    b. Love and desire
    c. Sadness and joy
    d. Anger and resentment


  21. What human factor is probably most responsible for causing low
        self-esteem in bulimics?

    a. Low monoamine oxidase level
    b. Faulty genetic coding
    c. Poor parental nurturing techniques
    d. Instinctual urges for food


  22. What moment is the best time for bulimics to start therapy?

    a. When they really feel the need
    b. When they experience full symptoms
    c. When their family doctors recommend therapy
    d. When their friends or spouses suggest therapy


  23. Which of the following situations is most detrimental to a
        bulimic's recovery?

    a. Working in a donut shop
    b. Being discovered purging
    c. Becoming totally inactive
    d. Falling in love with someone


  24. Bulimics usually have difficulty starting therapy for which
        of the following reasons?

    a. They strongly deny need for therapy
    b. They lack apparent physical symptoms
    c. They think irrationally about their health
    d. Each of the above


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  25. Which of the following conditions is the most serious consequence
        of persistent vomiting?

    a. Potassium loss
    b. Sodium loss
    c. Stomach ulcer
    d. Hiatal hernia


  26. Eating disorders (ED) are likened to addictions for what reason?

    a. The abuser purges the substance to get "high"
    b. The abuser is often obsessive compulsive
    c. The abused substance is legal and abundant
    d. The abused substance must be ingested to survive


  27. What individual should be the main "facilitator" in an ED
        sufferer's recovery?

    a. The attending family doctor
    b. The consulting dietitian
    c. The loving friend or spouse
    d. The treating therapist


  28. What ED therapeutic component is most responsible for building
        a client's self-esteem?

    a. Self and external reinforcement of client's meaningful deeds
    b. Tough love from friend or spouse towards client
    c. Therapeutic clarification of client's feelings
    d. Indirect facilitation of meaningful client deeds


  29. What are the prime objectives of all ED therapy?

    a. To stop core activities and emotional despair
    b. To preserve life and effect sustainable recovery
    c. To establish self-sufficient and normal behavior
    d. To maintain control and prevent further self-abuse


  30. Did Karen Carpenter and all the other beautiful souls succumbing
        to ED die for nothing?

    a. Absolutely no; we are learning from these tragedies
    b. Absolutely yes; we should just forget these tragedies
    c. Yes, because we will never have a lasting therapeutic solution
    d. Maybe, time can only tell their real importance


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