The associations between laxative abuse and other symptoms among adults with anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 22 JUL 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 224–228, September 2004
How to Cite
Kovacs, D. and Palmer, R. L. (2004), The associations between laxative abuse and other symptoms among adults with anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 36: 224–228. doi: 10.1002/eat.20024
- Issue published online: 22 JUL 2004
- Article first published online: 22 JUL 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 NOV 2003
- laxative abuse;
- anorexia nervosa;
The purpose of the current study was to examine the association between laxative abuse and other symptoms and features among adult patients presenting with anorexia nervosa.
One hundred and seventeen patients with anorexia nervosa were studied. Laxative abusers and nonabusers were compared.
Compared with nonabusers, laxative-abusing patients had higher ratings on the Ineffectiveness, Body Dissatisfaction, and Drive for Thinness subscales on the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI), as well as more depressive and somatization symptoms. There was an association between laxative abuse and low self-esteem.
Laxative abuse appears to be associated with especially severe psychopathology and low self-esteem among subjects with anorexia nervosa. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 36: 224–228, 2004.