Journal article

Abnormal eating attitudes in London schoolgirls--a prospective epidemiological study: factors associated with abnormal response on screening questionnaires.

E Johnson-Sabine, K Wood, G Patton, A Mann, A Wakeling

Psychological Medicine | Published : 1988


One thousand and ten unselected London state schoolgirls were screened by questionnaire to identify an 'at risk' cohort displaying abnormal eating attitudes and two control cohorts, one with probable general psychiatric morbidity, one without. Members of all cohorts were assessed at interview for the presence of eating disorder and for putative risk factors implicated in the development of anorexia nervosa. A prevalence rate of 0.99% was detected for clinical eating disorder and 1.78% for the partial syndrome of eating disorder. Factors specifically associated with abnormal eating attitudes were identified, in particular, current or past overweight, history of amenorrhoea and perceived stres..

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