Tobacco use and comorbidity in bulimia nervosa

Nora Sandager, Carol B. Peterson, Sharon Allen, Katherine E. Henderson, Scott Crow, Paul Thuras

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Abstract

Objective: To compare comorbid psychopathology and substance use among women with bulimia nervosa (BN) based on smoking status. Method: Forty women diagnosed with BN (20 smokers, 20 nonsmokers) completed written self-report measures of depressive symptoms, substance use, and alcohol abuse. Results: Smokers reported more symptoms of depression and alcohol abuse and were more likely to use alcohol than nonsmokers, whereas caffeine consumption did not significantly differ between the two groups. Conclusion: Smokers with BN may represent a distinct subtype characterized by high rates of comorbid depression and alcohol abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-738
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Keywords

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Depression
  • Smoking

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