The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis

Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation ONLUS, Roma, Italy.
Eating Disorders (Impact Factor: 1.48). 12/2007; 16(1):85-93. DOI: 10.1080/10640260701773660
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This study examines the hypothesis of an association between adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and eating disorders (EDs). A population of young females affected by AIS has been interviewed for a possible diagnosis of EDs. The proportion of individuals with EDs resulted significantly larger than normative epidemiological data: Prevalences were 9.2% for anorexia nervosa (AN), 7.7% for bulimia nervosa (BN) and 5.3% for eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). The relationship between EDs and AIS was further tested through a second analysis. Severity of the rachides pathology was correlated with the presence of AN. Our study supports the hypothesis of a comorbidity between AIS and EDs: Some possible clinical explanations for this association are discussed.

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