Unique Features associated with age of onset of anorexia nervosa

Katherine A. Halmi, Regina C. Casper, Elke D. Eckert, Solomon C. Goldberg, John M. Davis

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Abstract

The relationship between age of onset of anorexia nervosa and a variety of personal characteristics was examined in 105 patients. Age of onset of anorexia nervosa had a bimodal distribution, with peaks at 14 1 2 and 18 years. The patients whose onset of illness occurred at the later age tended to have a greater weight loss during their illness, more "underweight problems" before the onset of illness, less of the typical anorectic behaviors and attitudes, greater body disparagement, more symptoms of depression, and a greater number of previous hospitalizations. These associations suggest that an older age of onset of anorexia nervosa might predict a poor outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1979

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • body image
  • bulimia
  • depression
  • outcome
  • weight

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