Risk factors, correlates, and markers in early-onset bulimia nervosa and EDNOS.
Day J., Schmidt U., Collier D., Perkins S., Van den Eynde F., Treasure J., Yi I., Winn S., Robinson P., Murphy R., Keville S., Johnson-Sabine E., Jenkins M., Frost S., Dodge L., Berelowitz M., Eisler I.
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the specific risk factors, correlates, and markers associated with the development of symptomatology of early-onset BN and subclinical BN. METHOD: Two semi-structured interviews were used to examine symptomatology and antecedent factors of bulimic symptoms in a sample of British adolescents. RESULTS: Adolescents with early-onset eating pathology were significantly more likely to report an earlier age of menarche than those developing the disorder at the typical age, and were found to have a different pathway of symptom development. DISCUSSION: Increased awareness of this may help identify those particularly at risk for developing an early-onset of eating pathology.