Background: This study aimed to assess differences in Quality of Life (QoL) across eating disorder (ED) diagnoses, and to examine the relationship of QoL to specific clinical features.Results: 199 patients with a diagnosed ED completed the Clinical Impairment Assessment (CIA) [Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders, 315-318, 2008] and the Eating Disorders Examination (EDE) [Int J Eat Disord 6:1-8]. Differences between diagnostic groups were examined, as were differences between restrictive and binge-purge subtypes.CIA scores and EDE scores were positively correlated and higher in groups with binge-purge behaviours. CIA scores were not correlated with BMI, illness duration or frequency of bingeing/purging behaviours, except in the binge-purge AN group, where CIA scores negatively correlated with BMI.Conclusions: Patients with EDs have poor QoL and impairment increases with illness severity. Patients with binge/purge diagnoses are particularly impaired. It remains unclear which clinical features best predict the degree of impairment experienced by patients with EDs. © 2013 DeJong et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
DeJong, H., Oldershaw, A., Sternheim, L., Samarawickrema, N., Kenyon, M. D., Broadbent, H., … Schmidt, U. (2013). Quality of life in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not-otherwise-specified. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-2974-1-43