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Date: 22 Nov 2012

Eating disorders common in adolescents attending emergency department

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medwireNews: A significant percentage of adolescents attending hospital emergency response (ER) departments have eating disorders, suggest results from a US study.

The researchers also found that these teenagers often had depression and a history of substance abuse.

“They come in for other things — and it’s up to health care providers to know what to look for,” commented study author Suzanne Dooley-Hash (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) in a press statement.

“ER teams can be equipped to refer patients for care, just as we do for substance abuse. It could be a wakeup call, a teachable moment, a chance to tell them they need to seek help and direct them to resources,” she added.

The investigators recruited 942 adolescents between the age of 14 and 20 years who were attending the ER department of the University of Michigan Medical Center for any reason between October 2010 and March 2011.

As reported in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, following completion of a computerized que