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Keywords:

  • bulimia nervosa;
  • EDNOS;
  • onset;
  • risk factor;
  • adolescent

Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed to investigate the specific risk factors, correlates, and markers associated with the development of symptomatology of early-onset BN and subclinical BN.

Method:

Two semi-structured interviews were used to examine symptomatology and antecedent factors of bulimic symptoms in a sample of British adolescents.

Results:

Adolescents with early-onset eating pathology were significantly more likely to report an earlier age of menarche than those developing the disorder at the typical age, and were found to have a different pathway of symptom development.

Discussion:

Increased awareness of this may help identify those particularly at risk for developing an early-onset of eating pathology. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011; 44:287–294)