Prevalence of eating disorders in female and male adolescents (14-15 years).


OBJECTIVE The main aim of the present study is to establish the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) in adolescents of both genders. To our knowledge, such data have not previously been published using both DSM-IV and DSM-III-R criteria. METHOD The study sample consisted of 1960 adolescents (1026 girls and 934 boys), 14-15 years of age. The participants completed the Survey for Eating Disorders (SEDs), including DSM-III-R and DSM-IV diagnoses for all subcategories of ED. RESULTS Lifetime prevalence of any ED among girls was 17.9% anorexia nervosa (AN) 0.7%, bulimia nervosa (BN) 1.2%, binge eating disorder (BED) 1.5%, and EDs not otherwise specified (EDNOS) 14.6%. Corresponding numbers for boys for any ED is 6.5%, AN 0.2%, BN 0.4%, BED 0.9%, and EDNOS 5.0%. DISCUSSION Our prevalence rates on AN, BN, and BED largely support previous school/community-based studies, while our figures on EDNOS were rather high. Generally, we found high numbers for boys with ED.

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@article{Kjelss2004PrevalenceOE, title={Prevalence of eating disorders in female and male adolescents (14-15 years).}, author={Einar Kjels{\aa}s and Christian Bj\ornstr\om and Karl Gunnar G{\"{o}testam}, journal={Eating behaviors}, year={2004}, volume={5 1}, pages={13-25} }