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Recognising the symptoms: how common are eating disorders in pregnancy?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23495197     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate eating disorder diagnostic status and related symptoms in early pregnancy.
METHODS: Pregnant women (n=739), attending their first routine antenatal scan, were assessed using an adapted version of the Eating Disorder Diagnostic Scale (EDDS). Prevalence estimates and eating disorder symptoms were assessed during the first 3 months of pregnancy and, retrospectively, in the 6 to 12 months prior to pregnancy.
RESULTS: During pregnancy 7.5% of women met diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder, compared to prepregnancy prevalence of 9.2%. Approximately one quarter (23.4%) of women reported high weight and shape concern during pregnancy; binge eating was endorsed by 8.8%, and 2.3% of women engaged in regular compensatory behaviours.
CONCLUSIONS: Eating disorders are more common than previously thought in pregnancy. There is a clinical need for increased understanding of eating disorder symptomatology during pregnancy and for appropriate screening tools to be incorporated into antenatal care.
Abigail Easter; Amanda Bye; Emma Taborelli; Freya Corfield; Ulrike Schmidt; Janet Treasure; Nadia Micali
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-03-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1099-0968     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Eat Disord Rev     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-07     Completed Date:  2014-01-16     Revised Date:  2014-03-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9436977     Medline TA:  Eur Eat Disord Rev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  340-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
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MeSH Terms
Body Image
Eating Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Feeding Behavior
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Self Concept
Grant Support
RP-PG-0606-1043//Department of Health

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