Psychiatric co-morbidity in women presenting across the continuum of disordered eating

Vandana Aspen*, Hannah Weisman, Anna Vannucci, Najia Nafiz, Dana Gredysa, Andrea E. Kass, Mickey Trockel, Corinna Jacobi, Denise E. Wilfley, C. Barr Taylor

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Objective: To compare the prevalence and correlates of psychiatric co-morbidity across a large sample of college women without an eating disorder, those at high risk for an eating disorder and women diagnosed using DSM-5 criteria for an eating disorder. Participants: 549 college women aged 18-25. Methods: Data from the Eating Disorder Examination, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders and self-report questionnaires were analyzed using logistic regression for categorical data and ANCOVA for continuous measures. Results: Eating disordered symptomatology was strongly associated with anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia. These co-morbidities (type and severity) tend to increase with eating disorder symptom severity. Conclusions: Prevention and treatment programs for eating disorders need to address the high levels of mood, anxiety and sleep problems in this population. The findings on insomnia are novel and suggest that sleep disturbance may play an integral role in eating-related difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-693
Number of pages8
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Co-morbidity
  • Eating disorders
  • High risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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