Journal article

Eating disorder symptoms across the weight spectrum in Australian adolescents

Elizabeth K Hughes, Jessica A Kerr, George C Patton, Susan M Sawyer, Melissa Wake, Daniel Le Grange, Peter Azzopardi

International Journal of Eating Disorders | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Despite known associations between eating disorders and obesity, little is known about the current prevalence of symptoms of eating disorders across the weight spectrum. This study therefore aimed to estimate the population prevalence of eating disorder symptoms in relation to weight status in adolescents. METHOD: The sample comprised 3,270 participants (14-15 years; 52% boys) drawn from Wave 6 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) were assessed using self-report on the Branched Eating Disorder Test. This measure identifies clinically significant symptoms in the past 3 months according to the Diagnostic and Sta..

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