Long-term prognosis in anorexia nervosa: lessons from a 21-year follow-up study

Lancet. 2000 Feb 26;355(9205):721-2. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(99)05363-5.


In a prospective long-term follow-up of 84 patients 21 years after first hospitalisation for anorexia nervosa, we found that 50.6% had achieved a full recovery, 10.4% still met full diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa, and 15.6% had died from causes related to anorexia nervosa. Predictors of outcome included physical, social, and psychological variables.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cause of Death
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Prognosis
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors