10.53. Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q 6.0)


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The EDE-Q is the self-report questionnaire version of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) interview. There are 28 questions, and four subscales. To calculate a subscale score, calculate the arithmetic mean of the relevant rated items in the scale (listed below). The overall ‘global’ score is the arithmetic mean of the four subscales.

In our implementation all applicable questions are mandatory so all items will have been rated.


EDE-Q: no longer all mandatory? Mark which aren’t, if so.

10.53.1. Subscale items (the numbers are the item number on the EDE-Q):


    1. Restraint over eating

    1. Avoidance of eating

    1. Food avoidance

    1. Dietary rules

    1. Empty stomach

Eating concern:

    1. Preoccupation with food, eating or calories

    1. Fear of losing control over eating

    1. Eating in secret

    1. Guilt about eating

    1. Social eating

Shape concern:

    1. Flat stomach

    1. Preoccupation with shape or weight

    1. Fear of weight gain

    1. Feelings of fatness

    1. Importance of shape

    1. Dissatisfaction with shape

    1. Discomfort seeing body

    1. Avoidance of exposure

Weight concern:

    1. Preoccupation with shape or weight

    1. Desire to lose weight

    1. Importance of weight

    1. Reaction to prescribed weighing

    1. Dissatisfaction with weight

Note: questions 13-18, which ask for specific event counts, are not included in these four subscales.

10.53.2. Intellectual property rights

10.53.3. History

  • EDE: e.g.

    • Fairburn CG, Cooper Z (1993). The Eating Disorder Examination (twelfth edition). In: Fairburn CG, Wilson GT (eds.). Binge Eating: Nature, Assessment and Treatment (pp. 317-360). New York: Guilford Press.

  • The EDE-Q is a self-report version of the EDE:

    • Fairburn CG, Beglin SJ (1994). Assessment of eating disorder psychopathology: interview or self-report questionnaire? International Journal of Eating Disorders 16: 363-370. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7866415/

10.53.4. Source