Childbearing and mortality among women with anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 164–170, March 2013
How to Cite
Papadopoulos, F. C., Karamanis, G., Brandt, L., Ekbom, A. and Ekselius, L. (2013), Childbearing and mortality among women with anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 164–170. doi: 10.1002/eat.22051
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 JUL 2012
- anorexia nervosa;
To assess the association between childbearing and mortality from anorexia nervosa (AN).
A total of 5,251 females, from a population-based Swedish registry, admitted with an AN diagnosis during the period 1973–2003 were included. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) were estimated and hazard ratios (HR) were calculated using Cox regression.
Nulliparous women had a sixfold higher mortality due to natural causes and ninefold higher mortality due to unnatural causes compared to the general population. Parous women had higher mortality compared to the general population only due to unnatural causes. Suicide was the most common cause of death. Childbearing was associated with a 65% lower mortality. One hundred forty four women out of 1,941 parous women were hospitalized perinatally for any psychiatric disorder (7.4%).
Childbearing is associated with lower mortality among women with AN. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)