The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire: reliability and validity of the Italian version

  • Simona CalugiEmail author
  • Chiara Milanese
  • Massimiliano Sartirana
  • Marwan El Ghoch
  • Federica Sartori
  • Eleonora Geccherle
  • Andrea Coppini
  • Cecilia Franchini
  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
Original Article



To examine the validity and reliability of a new Italian language version of the latest edition of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q 6.0).


The sixth edition of the EDE-Q was translated into Italian and administered to 264 Italian-speaking inpatient and outpatient (257 females in their mid-20s) with eating disorder (75.4% anorexia nervosa) and 216 controls (205 females).


Internal consistency was high for both the global EDE-Q and all subscale scores. Test–retest reliability was good to excellent (0.66–0.83) for global and subscale scores, and for items assessing key behavioral features of eating disorders (0.55–0.91). Patients with an eating disorder displayed significantly higher EDE-Q scores than controls, demonstrating the good criterion validity of the tool. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed a good fit for a modified seven-item three-factor structure.


The study showed the good psychometric properties of the new Italian version of the EDE-Q 6.0, and validated its use in Italian eating disorder patients, particularly in young females with anorexia nervosa.


Eating disorder Questionnaire Validity Reliability Italian translation Psychometric characteristics 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simona Calugi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chiara Milanese
    • 2
  • Massimiliano Sartirana
    • 1
  • Marwan El Ghoch
    • 1
  • Federica Sartori
    • 1
  • Eleonora Geccherle
    • 1
  • Andrea Coppini
    • 1
  • Cecilia Franchini
    • 1
  • Riccardo Dalle Grave
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Eating and Weight DisordersVilla Garda HospitalGarda, VeronaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Neurological and Movement SciencesUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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