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Keywords:

  • eating disorders;
  • anorexia nervosa;
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • binge-eating disorder;
  • partial syndromes;
  • subclinical syndromes

We screened a sample of 919 female students, aged 13–19 years, by means of the EDI 2 and GHQ-28 questionnaires. Those students identified as being at risk for an eating disorder (281 subjects) underwent a psychiatric interview. We found 2 cases of full-syndrome anorexia nervosa (0.2%), 21 cases of full-syndrome bulimia nervosa (2.3%) and 2 cases of full-syndrome binge-eating disorder (0.2%). Moreover, 35 girls (3.8%) met the criteria for partial-syndrome and 98 girls (10.7%) fulfilled the criteria for subclinical eating disorders. Subjects with partial-syndrome and subclinical eating disorders had higher scores than those with no diagnosis, but lower scores than students with full-syndrome eating disorders, on both the EDI 2 and GHQ-28 questionnaires. A follow-up of subjects with partial-syndrome and subclinical eating disorders is now in progress.