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J Psychosom Res. 2014 Jan;76(1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.11.006. Epub 2013 Nov 16.

Health-related quality of life among adolescents with eating disorders.

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  • 1University of Birmingham, UK. Electronic address:
  • 2University of Michigan, United States.
  • 3Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, United States.
  • 4Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United States.
  • 5University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, United States.
  • 6The Center for Balanced Living, United States.
  • 7University of South Florida, United States.
  • 8The University of Chicago, United States.



Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an emerging area of research in eating disorders (EDs) that has not been examined in adolescents in detail. The aim of the current study is to investigate HRQoL in an adolescent ED sample, examining the impact of ED symptoms on HRQoL.


Sixty-seven treatment-seeking adolescents (57 females) with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), or eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) completed self-report measures of HRQoL and ED symptoms.


Participants reported poorer HRQoL in mental health domains than in physical health domains. Disordered attitudes, binge eating, and compensatory behaviors were associated with poorer mental health HRQoL, and body dissatisfaction was associated with poorer physical health HRQoL.


The current study assessed HRQoL among adolescents with EDs, finding several consistencies with the literature on adults with EDs. Future research should compare adolescents and adults with EDs on HRQoL.

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Adolescence; Anorexia nervosa; Bulimia nervosa; Eating disorders; Quality of life

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