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Table 2 Item Loadings of the Initial and Short Version of the Eating Habits Questionnaire (EHQ)

From: The relation of orthorexia with lifestyle habits: Arabic versions of the Eating Habits Questionnaire and the Dusseldorf Orthorexia Scale

  Initial version Short version
HeOr OrNe HeOr OrNe
E01. I am more informed than others about healthy eating 0.79 − 0.05 0.80 − 0.03
E02. I turn down social offers that involve eating unhealthy food 0.62 0.11 0.64 0.12
E03. The way my food is prepared is important in my diet 0.82 − 0.12 0.81 − 0.11
*E04. I follow a diet with many rules 0.51 0.31
*E05. My eating habits are superior to others 0.31 0.52
E06. I am distracted by thoughts of eating healthily 0.00 0.73 0.01 0.72
E07. I only eat what my diet allows 0.18 0.63 0.18 0.63
E08. My healthy eating is a significant source of stress in my relationships − 0.19 0.97 − 0.16 0.96
*E09. I have made efforts to eat more healthily over time 0.50 0.33
E10. My diet affects the type of employment I would take − 0.22 0.94 − 0.20 0.93
E11. My diet is better than other people’s diets 0.78 0.06 0.79 0.07
E12. I feel in control when I eat healthily 0.80 0.00 0.80 0.01
E13. In the past year, friends or family members have told me that I’m overly concerned with eating healthily 0.19 0.65 0.22 0.64
*E14. I have difficulty finding restaurants that serve the foods I eat 0.39 0.38
E15. Eating the way I do gives me a sense of satisfaction 0.72 0.02 0.64 0.05
*E16. Few foods are healthy for me to eat 0.37 0.34
E17. I go out less since I began eating healthily 0.16 0.63 0.18 0.62
E18. I spend more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food 0.06 0.75 0.08 0.74
E19. I feel great when I eat healthily 0.58 0.19 0.46 0.24
E20. I follow a health-food diet rigidly 0.17 0.69 0.16 0.68
*E21. I prepare food in the most healthful way 0.42 0.42
  1. HeOr, Healthy Orthorexia; OrNe, Orthorexia Nervosa; Bold values indicate loadings, in absolute value, over0.30. – indicates items not included in the short version. Item wording with as asterisk correspond to items not included in the short version