Healthcare providers are often the first to discover signs of an eating disorder. Routine exams can uncover many symptoms that otherwise do not get noticed. The UNC Center for Excellence on Eating Disorders (NCEED) created a simple checklist to to recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder so you can get people the help they need.

At the bottom of the web page are links to three short eating disorder screening tools: SCOFF Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults, Eating Disorder Screener (ESP) for Primary Care for Adolescents and Adults, and Binge Eating Disorder Screening 7 for Adults.

NCEED offers a wide array of helpful resources for health professionals that provide evidence-based guidance on how to detect and manage eating disorders in your practice.


The Academy on Eating Disorders' (AED) Medical Care Standards Task Force publishes a Medical Care Standard Guide: Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders. This guide is intended as a resource to promote recognition of, and risk management in the care of, those with eating disorders.  

The guide is available in multiple languages and offers:

  • Important facts about eating disorders

  • Presenting signs and symptoms

  • Information on a comprehensive assessment

  • Reference about Re-feeding Syndrome and Undereating

  • Goals of treatment

  • Timely interventions

  • Information on ongoing management

A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses "Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents" and notes what to do if an eating disorder is suspected, as well as the role of the pediatrician in the prevention of obesity and eating disorders in adolescents.

What to Say and What Not to Say to Patients

Produced by the National Association on Eating Disorders to help health care providers have neutral conversations with patients about eating and exercise habits linked to eating disorders.