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Use the EAT-26 to help you determine if you need to speak to a mental health professional to get help for an eating disorder. It will take about 2 minutes to complete.

Take the EAT-40. The EAT-40 is the original version of the Eating Attitudes Test. The 40-item version was shortened to 26-items (EAT-26) based on a factor analysis.


If you would like permission to download a physical copy of the EAT-26 as well as obtain scoring instructions, go to the  Permission page and complete the request form. The test and the scoring instructions are free.

If you would like permission to put a link on your website to the EAT-26 so that users can take the test anonymously and then submit the results for immediate and anonymous scoring, go to the contact us page and fill out the request for the links and the instructions.

Test Downloads

EAT-26 Test  (PDF)

EAT-26 Test  (Word)

EAT-26 Scoring and Interpretation  (PDF)

EAT-26 Test with Self-Scoring Column (Word Doc Suitable for self-administration)

Scoring and Interpretation fold-over pamphlet  (PDF)

EAT-26 Test Item Scoring Key  (PDF)

EAT-40 Test (PDF)

Article Downloads

Garner et al. (1982)  Article describing the 26-item version of the EAT (PDF)

Garner & Garfinkel (1979)  Article describing the original 40-item version of the EAT (PDF)

Garner & Garfinkel (1980)  Article describing the first study using the EAT in a ballet sample (PDF)

Current Contents Citation Classic (1993)  (PDF)

Garner, D.M. (1998). The effects of starvation on behavior: Implications for dieting and eating disorders, Healthy Weight Journal, 68-72.  Summary of the classic Key (1950) “starvation study” (PDF)

Garner et al. (2016). Article showing the expected decline in EAT-26 scores with treatment.

Garner et al. (2016). Disconnect between treatment outcome and reimbursement for treatment of anorexia nervosa

Garner et al. (2016). Psychotropic medications in eating disorders: Clinical practice versus evidence-based recommendations.

Rogoza, Brytek & Garner (2016). Analysis of the EAT-26 in a non-clinical sample.

Garner et al. (2017). Nutritional rehabilitation for eating disorders. Theory and practical recommendations.

Brookings, Jackson & Garner (2020). A bifactor and item response theory analysis of the eating disorder inventory-3

Garner (2022). Review article covering epidemiology, etiology, assessment and treatment of eating disorders.

Shah et al. (2022). The EAT-26 is #2 and #4 of most sited 100 articles in ED field.      The most cited EAT-26 article according to Google Scholar is not included!