Dietary supplement use immediately before and during pregnancy in Norwegian women with eating disorders

Authors

  • Jocilyn E. Dellava PhD,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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  • Ann Von Holle MS,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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  • Leila Torgersen PhD,

    1. Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Nydalen, Oslo, Norway
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  • Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud MD, PhD,

    1. Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Nydalen, Oslo, Norway
    2. Department of Psychiatry, University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo, Norway
    3. Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, New York
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  • Margaretha Haugen PhD,

    1. Division of Environmental Medicine, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Nydalen, Oslo, Norway
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  • Helle M. Meltzer PhD,

    1. Division of Environmental Medicine, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Nydalen, Oslo, Norway
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  • Cynthia M. Bulik PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    2. Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #7160, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7160
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  • Supported by HD047186 and T32MH076694-03 from National Institutes of Health Grants, Bethesda, MD, USA, by N01-ES-85433 from Norwegian Ministry of Health, NIH/NIEHS, by 1 UO1 NS 047537-01 from NIH/NINDS, Bethesda, MD, USA, and by 151918/S10 from the Norwegian Research Council/FUGE, Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

Objective:

Many pregnant women use dietary supplements. Little is known about dietary supplement use during pregnancy in women with eating disorders.

Method:

We examined dietary supplement use in 37,307 pregnant women, from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

Results:

Dietary supplement use during pregnancy was as follows: 91.2% of women with anorexia nervosa, 92.2% of women with bulimia nervosa, 93.2% of women with eating disorder not otherwise specified-purging subtype (EDNOS-P), 90.6% of women with binge eating disorder, and 93.5% of the women without eating disorders. Between group differences were not statistically significant. After adjusting for covariates, women with EDNOS-P were more likely to take iron containing supplements (p ≤ .04).

Discussion:

Overall dietary supplement use in this sample is similar in women with and without eating disorders. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011; 44:325–332)

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