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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;24(2):201-14, vii-viii.

Epidemiology and mortality of eating disorders.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Although considerable progress has been made over the past 2 decades in the field of eating-disorder epidemiology, there is room for improvement. Eating disorder diagnoses for children, need assessment, prospective longitudinal studies, studies of natural cause, treatment dose-effect studies, and bias are all areas that need careful consideration. Clinicians should consider establishing a Cochrane database for eating disorders. The mortality studies reviewed in this article are dominated by small, sparse, unbalanced data sets, and publication bias and bias caused by loss to follow-up limits the validity of the reported findings. Some methodologic advice is given in the hope that some of the more obvious pitfalls can be avoided in future research.

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