The measures used to collect data were an assortment of questionnaires that the participants filled out. The eating disorders examination questionnaire was a self-evaluation that measured eating pathology and focused on four subscales: restraint, eating concern, shape concern, and weight concern. The eating disorders quality of life instrument was a self-evaluation that assessed the quality of life in the participants. The four subscales this instrument consisted of were psychological, physical/cognitive, work/school, and financial. A five-point scale was used to allow participants to determine how their eating disorder affected their lives in each of these areas, with the highest number indicating a lower quality of life. A final questionnaire was used to gather demographical information and a history of treatment, which were used to determine the duration of the illness.
The results of the study determined that the severity of the eating disorder and the body mass index played important roles in the quality of life, lowering the quality in these participants. The duration of the illness, however, revealed no significant data in the declination of quality of life in individuals with eating disorders. The specific diagnosis was also excluded from the results as it also revealed no significance to the study.
This was the first study that focused on numerous areas when looking at quality of life in individuals with eating disorders, concentrating on areas other than mentally and physically.