Prediction of low body weight at long-term follow-up in acute anorexia nervosa by low body weight at referral

Hebebrand, J. and Himmelmann, G. W. and Herzog, W. and Herpertz-Dahlmann, B. M. and Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph and Amstein, M. and Seidel, R. and Deter, H. C. and Remschmidt, H. and Schäfer, H.. (1997) Prediction of low body weight at long-term follow-up in acute anorexia nervosa by low body weight at referral. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154 (4). pp. 566-569.

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OBJECTIVE: The authors investigated the hypothesis that in acute anorexia nervosa a low body weight predicts a poor weight prognosis for the future. METHOD: The body mass indexes at referral of 272 female patients were examined in relation to the body mass indexes of these patients after a mean follow-up of 9.5 years. RESULTS: The overall correlation between body mass indexes at referral and at follow-up was r = 0.33. Despite this low correlation, the 100 patients with body mass indexes less than 13 kg/m2 at referral had low weights at long-term follow-up. Eleven of the 12 deceased patients were among these 100 patients, as were 24 of the 46 surviving patients whose body mass indexes were 17.5 kg/m2 or less at follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: For patients with anorexia nervosa, a body mass index less than 13 kg/m2 at referral indicates a substantial risk for chronic anorexia nervosa and death related to emaciation.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Schneider)
UniBasel Contributors:Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:American Psychiatric Association
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