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Int J Eat Disord. 2009 Mar;42(2):179-87. doi: 10.1002/eat.20602.

Health-related quality of life and eating disorders: a review and update.

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  • 1Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.



The aim of this article is to provide a narrative review of empirical studies related to health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and eating disorders and to report recent changes in the measurement of HRQOL in eating disorders.


Twenty-five articles of central importance to the topic were identified in a systematic search of six databases. All articles were selected based on a consensus relevancy rating process. Key themes were extracted from the articles and validated by all authors.


We identify six themes in the extant empirical literature.


We discuss these six themes and review them in light of the fact that they are identified in studies using only generic measures of HRQOL. Four recently developed disease-specific HRQOL measures specific to patients with eating disorder are discussed.

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