Washington: A meta-analysis of previous studies has indicated that individuals who have eating disorders have an elevated mortality rate, especially those with anorexia nervosa (AN).
The authors acknowledged that some of the deaths included in the studies may be due to factors other than an eating disorder. However, they found that death rates for eating disorders—especially AN—are higher than for some other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression. The elevated death rate for BN and EDNOS as well "highlights the seriousness of those conditions," wrote the authors. The study has been reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry. ANI