To determine the optimal Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q) global score to discriminate between female controls and patients by eating disorder (ED) diagnosis, body mass index (BMI) and age.
A sample of 1845 control participants and 620 patients from specialty ED treatment centres.
Mean global EDE-Q was 4.00 [standard deviation (SD)?=?1.32] for patients and 1.25 (SD?=?1.10) for controls. Receiver operating characteristic analyses demonstrated an area under the curve of 0.93 (95% CI: 0.91-0.94), with an optimal cut-off score of 2.50 (sensitivity?=?0.86; specificity?=?0.86), ranging from 2.09 for anorexia nervosa, 2.62 for bulimia nervosa and 2.63 for ED otherwise not specified. Optimal cut-off scores also varied according to BMI, ranging from 1.62 (BMI?=?18.0?kg/m(2) ) to 3.26 (BMI?=?30?kg/m(2) ), with less variability for age, ranging inversely from 2.16 (>40?years) to 2.70 (