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Through the looking glass Epidemiological studies on eating disorders in primary care and the community

Epidemiological studies on eating disorders in primary care and the community
PhD ceremony:Ms F.R.E. (Frédérique) Smink
When:September 28, 2016
Start:14:30
Supervisors:prof. dr. H.W. Hoek, prof. dr. A.J. (Tineke) Oldehinkel
Co-supervisor:dr. Hoeken, D. van
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Medical Sciences / UMCG
Through the looking glass Epidemiological studies on eating
disorders in primary care and the community

Sharp drop in new cases of bulimia nervosa - Looking good at school protects against eating problems; being liked might indicate a risk

The number of new cases of the eating disorder bulimia nervosa has dropped sharply over the past three decades. On the other hand, the number of new cases of anorexia nervosa remained stable during the same period. This is probably because bulimia is more sensitive to sociocultural developments than anorexia, as also seen in the increase in obesity in the past few years. This is the result of research carried out by psychiatrist Frédérique Smink from the Parnassia Groep. She will be awarded a PhD for her thesis by the University of Groningen on 28 September. Her research also shows that looking good as a young adolescent (11-13) protects against the later development of eating problems. Strangely enough, being liked by lots of classmates appeared to be a predictor.

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