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Keywords:

  • eating disorders;
  • alli;
  • orlistat;
  • anorexia nervosa;
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • binge eating disorder;
  • diet pill;
  • compensatory method

Abstract

Objective:

This study examined the frequency and characteristics of alli® use among patients in eating disorder treatment facilities.

Method:

Patients from five treatment centers completed the Survey of Eating and Related Behaviors. Diagnoses were determined from survey responses.

Results:

Of 417 survey respondents, 26 (6.2%) reported a history of alli® use. Of those, 15 (57.7%) met criteria for an eating disorder, including one of 29 patients (3.4%) with anorexia nervosa binge-purge subtype, six of 66 patients (9.1%) with full or subthreshold bulimia nervosa, four of 49 (8.2%) with binge eating disorder, one of six (16.7%) with purging disorder, and three of 80 (3.8%) with an eating disorder not otherwise specified.

Discussion:

The results of this survey suggest that patients with eating disorders use alli®, albeit relatively uncommonly. Therefore, it is worthwhile for clinicians to inquire about alli® use when evaluating or treating these patients in any clinical setting. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010