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Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2014 Nov;22(6):412-22. doi: 10.1002/erv.2316. Epub 2014 Aug 26.

Dietary intake according to the course of symptoms of eating disorders in a school-based follow-up study of adolescents.

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nutrition and Mental Health Research Group (NUTRISAM), Institut de Investigació Sanitaria Pere Virgili (IISPV), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Reus, Spain.


This study examines dietary intake according to the course of risk of eating disorder (rED) in a sample of school-age followed from preadolescence to adolescence. An initial sample of 1336 adolescents completed the Children's Eating Attitudes Test, and we selected a group with rED and a control group randomly. Two years later, 162 adolescents completed the Eating Attitudes Test and were classified into three groups according to the course of symptoms (no rED = 57; remission of rED = 62; persistent rED = 43). Dietary intake was assessed using a 3-day food record and 24-h recalls over 3 days. The results showed that girls with persistent rED reduced their energy and nutrient intake, with a 67.5% at risk of inadequate vitamin and mineral intake. Boys with persistent rED maintained their dietary intake, with a 25% at risk of inadequate vitamin and mineral micronutrient intake. Therefore, early detection of rED is necessary to prevent the exacerbation of nutritional problems.


adolescents; eating disorders; intake; nutrition

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