Higher Prevalence of Eating Disorders Among Adolescent Elite Athletes Than Controls.

Higher Prevalence of Eating Disorders among Adolescent Elite Athletes than Controls.

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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Dec 27;
Martinsen M, Sundgot-Borgen J

PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) among female and male adolescent elite athletes and non-athletic controls. METHODS: This was a two phase study, including self-report questionnaire (Part I) followed by clinical interviews (Part II). The total population of first-year students at 16 Norwegian Elite Sport High Schools (n=677) and two randomly selected high schools (controls, n=421) were invited to participate. The questionnaire was completed by 611 (90%) athletes and 355 (84%) controls. Subjects reporting symptoms associated with ED were classified as “at risk” for ED. In part II, all “at-risk” athletes (n=153), a random sample of not “at-risk” (n=153) and a random sample of 50% of the controls classified as “at risk” (n=91) and not “at risk” (n=88), were invited to the clinical interview to screen for ED (i.e. meeting the DSM-IV criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or eating disorders not otherwise specified). RESULTS: Part I: More controls than athletes were classified as “at-risk” for ED (51% vs. 25%, p<0.001). Part II: The prevalence of ED among the total population of athletes and controls was estimated to 6.9% vs. 2.3%, difference 4.6% (95% CI 2.1 to 7.1, p=0.002), being higher for female than male athletes (13.5% vs. 3.2%, p<0.001) and female and male controls (5.1% vs. 0%, p<0.001). No difference in the prevalence of ED was detected between females in weight-sensitive and less weight-sensitive sport groups (18.0% vs. 20.6%, p=0.666). CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of ED is higher in adolescent elite athletes than controls and higher in female than male athletes. Clinical interview is needed to determine accurate prevalence of ED. HubMed – eating disorders


An organic diagnosis for an eating disorder.

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Clin Nutr. 2012 Dec 20;
Santarpia L, De Caprio C, De Filippo E

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Risk factors and their implications in the epidemiology of pediatric obesity.

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Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2012 Jul-Sep; 116(3): 739-45
Mindru DE, Moraru E

Obesity is the most common food disorder in children from developed countries, its frequency alarmingly increasing in Romania.To evaluate the epidemiological dynamics of obesity and associated risk factors.Retrospective and prospective study of 146 obese children admitted to the 2nd Iasi Pediatric Clinic between 2008-2012 aimed at evaluating the epidemiological dynamics of obesity and associated risk factors. Most subjects were teenagers (33%), followed by school age children (21%).A growing tendency towards obesity in the study children was noticed during the 5-year follow up. Genetic factors, short breastfeeding, early onset of obesity, and eating disorders were the main obesity-associated risk factors, along with obesity in 1st degree relatives.Early infantile and juvenile obesity remains a medical and social problem in our geographic area, and unfortunately a neglected reality. Genetic factors, absence of breastfeeding, inappropriate food habits in the early years of life lead to permanent disorders, with serious consequences in adult life.
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