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Recognising the symptoms: how common are eating disorders in pregnancy?

Abstract

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.

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  • Authors

    Easter A, Bye A, Taborelli E, Corfield F, Schmidt U, Treasure J, Micali N

    Source

    European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association 21:4 2013 Jul pg 340-4

    MeSH

    Adult
    Body Image
    Eating Disorders
    Feeding Behavior
    Female
    Humans
    Pregnancy
    Pregnancy Complications
    Prevalence
    Questionnaires
    Self Concept

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23495197