Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

06 September 2019

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

People with an eating disorder had higher rates of conditions such as personality disorders, alcohol issues or depression, and higher incidence of self-harm in the two years before their diagnosis.

Researchers from Swansea University analysed the health records of more than 15,500 people diagnosed as having eating disorders between 1990 and 2017. The results were published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.

The authors conclude that looking out for one or a combination of these factors could help GPs pick up eating disorders early.

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