Racial and socioeconomic: Influences in anorexia nervosa and bulimia

Arnold E. Andersen, Andy Hay

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Eight black and 120 white patients with anorexia nervosa or bulimia were compared with each other and with 21 black control patients. Biack and white patients with eating disorders were similar in demographic features (except for later age of onset in blacks), in clinical characteristics, and in course of illness. Both racial groups with eating disorders had a significantly higher socioeconomic status than control patients. A diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia can be confidently made independent of racial designation. Socioeconomic status appears to be a risk factor for development of anorexia nervosa or bulimia in both black and white populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-487
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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