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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Adolescent medicine: state of the art reviews|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2016|
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