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Lancet. 1979 Jan;1(8107):61-5.

Outcome of anorexia nervosa.


100 females with anorexia nervosa were followed up 4-8 years after first presentation. All but 12 had had refeeding and/or psychotherapy. 48 had a good outcome (weight at least near normal, regular menstruation, largely satisfactory mental state and psychosexual and psychosocial adjustments) but outcome was intermediate in 30, and poor in 20 patients. 2 had died. Poor outcome could be positively associated with clinical data such as longer duration of illness, older age of onset and presentation, lower weight during illness and at presentation, presence of symptoms such as bulimia, vomiting, and anxiety when eating with others, poor childhood social adjustment, and poor parental relationships.

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