The SCOFF questionnaire is a simple, screening tool designed to detect eating disorders. This tool was designed to be simple, memorable, easily applied and scored, but not to diagnose. It was developed in London in 2000, which explains the use of “One stone,” but is used worldwide by non-professionals curious about their likelihood of an eating disorder. It does not replace a diagnosis from a professional in the field of eating disorders, but can be used to screen if you are wondering if you have an eating disorder.
Scoring: One point for every “yes” answer. A score of greater than or equal to two indicates a likely case of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa and professional help is suggested.
The SCOFF questions
- Do you make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
- Do you worry you have lost Control over how much you eat?
- Have you recently lost more than One stone (14 lbs.) in a 3 month period?
- Do you believe yourself to be Fat when others say you are too thin?
- Would you say that Food dominates your life?
Did you score a two or higher? You are not alone. 23 million people suffer from an eating disorder. Early detection and treatment greatly increases your chance of healing and freedom from this potentially deadly condition. Give me a call. Let’s talk.
*John F Morgan, Fiona Reid, J Hubert Lacey. Department of Psychiatry, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE, Department of Public Health Sciences, St George’s Hospital Medical School.