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Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2006 Dec;41(12):951-6. Epub 2006 Sep 29.

Abnormal eating behaviors in adolescent and young adult women from southern Brazil: reassessment after four years.

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Dept. of Epidemiology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. maanunes@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether abnormal eating behaviors in young women could predict eating disorders after 4 years.

METHOD:

56 women were identified as presenting abnormal eating behaviors in a cross-sectional study (Eating Attitudes Test-26 and Edinburgh Bulimic Investigation Test). They were matched for age and neighborhood to two controls (n = 112). Four years later, they were re-assessed with the two screening questionnaires plus the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI 2.1).

RESULTS:

Women with abnormal eating behaviors at baseline showed a high probability of presenting abnormal eating behaviors but it was not associated with eating disorders 4 years later. They were also at higher risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and specific phobia.

DISCUSSION:

Abnormal eating behaviors were related to the maintenance of the disturbed behavior over the years, and were associated with increased probability for psychiatric diagnoses.

PMID:
17013769
DOI:
10.1007/s00127-006-0116-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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