Arch Dis Child 63:5-9 doi:10.1136/adc.63.1.5
  • Research Article

Long term follow up of patients with early onset anorexia nervosa.

  1. R Bryant-Waugh,
  2. J Knibbs,
  3. A Fosson,
  4. Z Kaminski,
  5. B Lask
  1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, London.


      A long term follow up (mean 7.2 years) of 30 children with anorexia nervosa (mean age at onset 11.7 years) was carried out. The outcome was good in only 18 (60%), 10 children remaining moderately to severely impaired and two died. Poor prognostic factors included early age at onset (less than 11 years), depression during the illness, disturbed family life and one parent families, and those in which one or both parents had been married before.