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Low social interactions in eating disorder patients in childhood and adulthood: a multi-centre European case control study

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Isabel Krug, Eva Penelo, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda, Marija Anderluh, Laura Bellodi, Elena Cellini, Milena di Bernardo, Roser Granero, Andreas Karwautz, Benedetta Nacmias, Valdo Ricca, Sandro Sorbi, Kate Tchanturia, Gudrun Wagner, David Collier, Janet Treasure

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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The objective of this article was to examine lifestyle behaviours in eating disorder (ED) patients and healthy controls. A total of 801 ED patients and 727 healthy controls from five European countries completed the questions related to lifestyle behaviours of the Cross-Cultural Questionnaire (CCQ). For children, the ED sample exhibited more solitary activities (rigorously doing homework [p<0.001] and watching TV [p<0.05] and less socializing with friends [p<0.05]) than the healthy control group and this continued in adulthood. There were minimal differences across ED sub-diagnoses and various cross-cultural differences emerged. Reduced social activities may be an important risk and maintaining factor for ED symptomatology.

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