Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Rural-Metropolitan Health Differential for Young Persons with Eating Disorders Referred for Specialist Treatment

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Rural-Metropolitan Health Differential for Young Persons with Eating Disorders Referred for Specialist Treatment

Article excerpt

Author(s): Jeremy Alman[sup.1], Kimberley Hoiles[sup.2], Hunna Watson[sup.3], Sarah Egan[sup.1], Matthew Hamilton[sup.2], Julie McCormack[sup.2], Julie Potts[sup.2], David A Forbes[sup.4] and Chloe Shu[sup.1,2]

Objective

The aim was to explore associations between residing in a rural area and clinical characteristics of children and adolescents with eating disorders presenting to a specialist eating disorders program.

Method

The data source was the Helping to Outline Paediatric Eating Disorders (HOPE) Project registry (N ~ 1000), a prospective ongoing registry study comprising consecutive paediatric tertiary eating disorder referrals. The sample (N = 399) comprised children and adolescents presenting with a DSM-5 eating disorder, with ages ranging from 8 to 16 years (M = 14.49, 92% female).

Results

Consistent with the hypotheses, living in a rural area was associated with a lower body mass index z-score, and a higher likelihood of medical complications at intake assessment. Contrary to our hypothesis, eating pathology and living in a rural area were negatively associated. No relationship was observed between living in a rural area and duration of illness or greater percentage of bodyweight lost. …

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