Can you ever be too old to be too thin? Anorexia nervosa in a 92-year-old woman

Int J Eat Disord. 2001 Jul;30(1):123-6. doi: 10.1002/eat.1064.


Anorexia nervosa is a common psychiatric condition that most often affects young adults. If left untreated, it can have significant morbidity and mortality.

Methods and discussion: In this report, we describe a woman first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at age 92 and we discuss the relevant diagnostic and treatment-related issues.

Conclusion: This case underscores the need to heighten diagnostic sensitivity for this and other eating disorders at any age.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Geriatric Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy