Eating Disorders Associated With Substance Abuse, Obesity

MedPage Today (7/17, Walsh) reports, “Adolescent girls with a variety of eating disorders — even conditions less severe than anorexia or bulimia — are at risk for obesity and alcohol and drug use,” according to a study published online July 16 in the journal Pediatrics and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. “Among those who reported binge eating but not purging, the risk for becoming overweight or obese was doubled (OR 1.90, 95% CI 1.04 to 3.48) compared with healthy peers,” the study of 8,594 young girls found. “Similarly, teenage girls who purged more than once each week even without binge eating were at risk for starting to use drugs (OR 1.72, 95% CI 0.97 to 3.06) or to overuse alcohol frequently (OR 1.84, 95% CI 1.28 to 2.65),” researchers reported.

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— “Eating Disorders Tied to Drug Use, Drinking, “Nancy Walsh, MedPage Today, July 16, 2012.

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