Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q): norms for undergraduate women

Int J Eat Disord. 2008 Apr;41(3):273-6. doi: 10.1002/eat.20504.


Objective: This research presents normative data on the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (Fairburn and Beglin, Int J Eat Disorder, 16, 363-370, 1994) (EDE-Q) for samples of undergraduate women in the United States.

Method: College women (N = 723), ages 18-25, completed the EDE-Q as part of a larger assessment battery.

Results: Average scores, standard deviations, and percentile ranks for the raw Restraint, Eating Concern, Shape Concern, and Weight Concern subscales and the Global score are reported. Data on the occurrence of objective and subjective bulimic episodes and compensatory behaviors are presented.

Conclusion: These results are helpful for clinicians and researchers in the interpretation of the EDE-Q scores of undergraduate women in the United States. Comparisons are drawn between the results for this sample and those of a United Kingdom sample of young adolescent females, an Australian community sample, and an Australian community age-matched sample.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Reference Values
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Universities