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Eating Style In Childhood Affects Later Eating Disorder In Women.

A multicenter European study has explored the role of eating style in chilhood in developing eating disorder in adulthood in the July issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Previous studies have suggested that childhood eating and weight problems may be risk factors for eating disorders.

Robust evidence is still lacking. Aims: To investigate whether childhood eating and weight problems increase the risk of eating disorders in affected women compared to their unaffected sisters. : Women (150) with anorexia (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN) recruited from clinical and community samples were compared to their unaffected sister closest in age on maternal reports of childhood eating and weight.

Women with BN were significantly more overweight at the ages of 5 and 10 (both OR = 2.8, p

Traits of childhood overeating were more common in bulimic women compared to their unaffected siblings. Subjects with AN did not differ from their sisters on eating variables. The increased risk of BN due to childhood overweight suggests that prevention strategies for childhood obesity and overweight may therefore be applicable in BN.

Dr. Nadia Micali | alfa
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