Eating and body image checklist
These questions relate to a young person's food choices, eating patterns and attitudes towards nutrition.
Have you noticed any of the following?
A change in eating pattern, such as skipping meals
Eating alone, eating secretly, or having 'rituals' around food or meal times
Avoiding family meals or eating with others
Hiding, or secretly throwing away uneaten food
Leaving the table during a meal and avoiding finishing their food
Frequently reporting to have eaten elsewhere, or being dishonest about their eating
Limiting the variety of foods eaten
Eating according to strict food rules, such as no carbohydrates, or no sugar
Suddenly becoming vegetarian or vegan
Development of food 'intolerances'
A strong preference for 'diet' or 'low fat' products
Frequently talking about losing weight, or making comments about being 'fat'
Displaying a high level of concern about the calorie content of food
A strong focus on what others are eating, interest in cooking or interest in cookbooks without actually eating
Evidence of over eating (large amounts of food disappearing from household, hidden wrappers and packaging)
Finding it hard to stop eating once they have started
A history of 'picky' eating
Rigidity around food preparation and eating such as cutting food into tiny pieces, or 'hovering' in the kitchen whilst others are cooking
Anxiety, irritability, anger and hostility at mealtimes
These questions relate to a young person's physical health and any unhelpful behaviors they may be participating in.
Have you noticed any of the following?
A fluctuation in weight over a few weeks (weight gain or loss)
Significant weight change as a result of illness, travel or increased participation in sport and exercise
A growth spurt without any weight gain
Any evidence of vomiting after meals
Excessive, obsessive or ritualistic exercise
Having problems sitting still, and standing, twitching or pacing whenever possible
Evidence of exercising in secret (e.g. in the middle of the night or in their bedroom)
Engaging in intense exercise with no pleasure
Exercising to compensate for eating
Packets of diet pills or laxatives
Constipation, or unexplained stomach pains
Cold hands, or feet, or regular complaints of feeling cold
Fainting or complaining of dizziness
A delayed onset of periods (if female), or a loss of menstrual cycle
These questions relate to thinking patterns and personality traits of a young person.
Have you noticed any of the following?
Very low self-esteem
Rigid, black and white thinking (e.g. good/bad or right/wrong)
Increased perfectionism
Body dissatisfaction e.g. a strong conviction they need to be thinner
A strong focus on perceived flaws of their body or a particular part of their body
Constantly seeking reassurance about body size
Obsessive body checking e.g. weighing, pinching, excessive time in front of the mirror
An interest in weight loss blogs, websites, magazines, books or images of thin people
These questions relate to changes in the way a young person is interacting with others.
Have you noticed any of the following?
Increased social isolation or withdrawal
Perceiving others to be judgemental
Experiencing difficulty talking about emotions