The EAT-26 is used to identify the presence of “eating disorder risk” based on attitudes, feelings and behaviors related to eating. There are 26 items assessing general eating behavior and five additional questions assessing risky behaviors. The measure can be used with adolescents and adults and with special risk samples such as athletes.

The scale has three subscales:

1. Dieting
2. Bullimia and Food Preoccupation
3. Oral Control


While developing the scale Garner et al. (1982) validated it with 160 females with anorexia nervous and compared the results to a sample of 140 healthy females. Thus, the EAT-26 is well-validated with female samples, with scores on the EAT-26 being highly predictive of scores on the original EAT-40. This measure demonstrates high internal consistency (Garner et al., 1982).


Garner, D. M., Olmsted, M. P., Bohr, Y., & Garfinkel, P. E. (1982). The eating attitudes test: Psychometric features and clinical correlates. Psychological Medicine, 12(4), 871-878. doi:10.1017/S0033291700049163.