A new psychological test, which allows detecting if an individual has risk factors that make him prone to suffer a disorder of eating behavior (ACT), such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, has just been developed by the Center's research team of Biomedical Research in Network-Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn).

It is a questionnaire of 127 questions with which certain factors present in a person's childhood are evaluated, which can be associated with the development of an eating disorder. For example, the concern of that person for their physical appearance, their dietary habits and the type of food of their family, the social environment, their behavior and their handling of emotions, as well as their beauty standards and their expectations in this regard.

The specialists have proved the effectiveness of the new test, which is called 'Cross-Cultural Questionnaire', in 854 people with eating disorders and in 784 who were healthy, from five European countries (Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom ).

The test is the first tool used to globally identify risk factors related to the appearance of eating disorders and obesity, and its use will detect the propensity of an individual to suffer eating disorders and, thus, be able to establish measures for their prevention.

It is a relevant achievement because the adolescents of developed countries, as the CIBERobn specialists warn, are frequently affected by TCA, which have come to occupy the third place in terms of the most frequent chronic pathologies suffered by this sector of the population, after obesity and asthma.


Mayo Clinic Minute: 5 signs your teen might have an eating disorder (November 2019).