Eating Questionnaire - Youth Version (Y-EDEQ)


Some of these questions will ask about any binges that you might have had during the past four  weeks (28 days). A binge has two parts: 1) eating a really big amount of food given the situation and  2) feeling out of control. 

What is a ―really big amount of food?


A really big amount of food is much more than most people would eat in the same situation. Some examples might be: 1) eating two full meals (such as two plates of salad/first course, two main dishes, two desserts, etc.); 2) eating three main courses (such as 3 plates of pasta); or 3) eating a really big amount of one food (such as 4 brownies) or a few different kids of foods (such as a big bowl of ice cream, 8 cookies, a donut, and a handful of candy). Below are some pictures of a really big amount of food to help you.

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What is ―feeling out of control?

Feeling out of control while eating might mean different things for different people. It may mean  that you’re: 1) feeling DRIVEN to eat; 2) feeling like you JUST can not stop eating; 3) feeling like  you’re not able to stop yourself from starting to eat in the first place; or 4) feeling like you shouldn’t  even try to control your eating because you know that, no matter what, you’re going to eat too  much. Some kids describe feeling out of control like a ball rolling down a hill, that it just keeps  going and going. 


Examples of a binge: 

   1. REALLY BIG AND OUT OF CONTROL. After school one evening, Jenny ate 2 pieces of      

   chicken, a large package of frozen vegetables, 3 cups of rice, 1/2 of a coffee cake and a

   piece of  fruit. This is a really big amount of food. While she ate, Jenny felt like she JUST

   could not stop  eating, ate more quickly than usual, and ate until she felt really, really full.

   Afterwards Jenny was  very upset about how much she’d eaten, and said she felt sad,

   guilty, and mad at herself. 


Examples that are not binges either because they are too small or the person does not feel out  of control while eating: 

   1. REALLY BIG BUT NOT OUT OF CONTROL. A few times a week, Katie ate lunch at 

   McDonald’s with 2 friends. Her usual order was a Big Mac, a fish fillet sandwich, 2 large

   orders of  fries, and a large chocolate shake. This is a really big amount of food. Although

   she ate more than  her friends did and knew she was eating a lot of high-fat food, she

   didn’t feel like she JUST could  not stop eating, and she did not feel upset afterwards

   about how much she’d eaten. 

   2. OUT OF CONTROL BUT NOT REALLY BIG. For lunch one day, Joey had a ham and

   cheese  sandwich with mayonnaise on a roll, a small bag of potato chips, a candy bar,

   and a Diet Coke. Joey  felt out of control because he’d planned to have turkey on whole

   wheat with lettuce and tomato plus a piece of fruit for dessert, but couldn’t stop himself

   from changing his order. Although this was a  big meal, it was not really big, so we

   wouldn’t consider it a binge. 

   3. OUT OF CONTROL BUT NOT REALLY BIG. Lizzie ate 2 donuts someone brought to 

   homeroom one morning. She had started a diet that day and planned to skip breakfast.

   At first,  Lizzie said no to the donuts, but after everyone else had gone to their other

   classes she snuck back  into homeroom and very quickly ate the donuts so no one would

   see her eating. She felt very guilty  and embarrassed after and hated feeling so out of

   control of her eating, promising to start dieting  again the next day. Although Lizzie felt

   bad about eating the donuts, this was not a really big  amount of food, so it would not be

   considered a binge.