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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1990 Jun;24(2):182-6.

The epidemiology of anorexia nervosa in South Australia.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia.


A survey of 5,705 pupils in girls' schools in South Australia revealed that the one year prevalence of cases of anorexia nervosa, diagnosed according to DSM-III criteria, was 1.05 cases per thousand of the population studied. This study has a number of advantages in comparison to the majority of other school-based surveys, and confirms that descriptions of anorexia nervosa as a disorder of epidemic proportions may be premature.

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