Should bulimia nervosa be subtyped by historyof anorexia nervosa? A longitudinal validation
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2007
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: International Journal of Eating Disorders Special Supplement on Diagnosis and Classification
Volume 40, Issue S3, pages S67–S71, November 2007
How to Cite
Eddy, K. T., Dorer, D. J., Franko, D. L., Tahilani, K., Thompson-Brenner, H. and Herzog, D. B. (2007), Should bulimia nervosa be subtyped by historyof anorexia nervosa? A longitudinal validation. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: S67–S71. doi: 10.1002/eat.20422
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAY 2007
- eating disorders;
To determine whether a past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (AN) predicts longitudinal course and outcome among women with bulimia nervosa (BN).
A subset (n = 176) of participants in the Longitudinal Study of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa who met DSM-IV criteria for BN either at study intake (n = 144) or during follow-up (n = 32; 4 had restricting AN at intake, 28 had binge/purge AN at intake) were included in this report. Over a median of 9 years, weekly eating disorder symptom data were collected from participants using the Longitudinal Interview Follow-up Examination, Eating Disorders Version.
While there were no between-group differences in likelihood of partial recovery, women with BN who had a history of AN were more likely to have a protracted illness, relapsing into AN during follow-up, compared to those with no AN history who were more likely to move from partial to full recovery.
Lifetime AN is an important prognostic indicator among women with BN and these longitudinal data would support the subtyping of BN on the basis of AN history. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007