Gastrointestinal issues in adolescents with eating disorders

Maria E. Perez*, Cynthia J. Kapphahn

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Eating disorders (EDs) are a group of complex psychiatric disorders with significant physical and psychological complications. EDs are now more common than type 1 diabetes in the pediatric population and are occurring with increased frequency among adolescents from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.1-3 Males comprise up to 10% of patients with EDs, and more patients are being diagnosed at younger ages.1-3 The lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa (AN) is estimated to be between 0.5% to 2%, with a peak age of onset between 13 and 18 years and a mortality rate of up to 6%, making it the psychiatric illness with the highest mortality rate.1 The lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa (BN) is 1% to 3%, with average age of onset between 16 and 17 years.1 The mortality rate for BN is estimated to be 2%, with a further increase in mortality related to elevated suicide risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-176
Number of pages22
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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