Comorbidity between lifetime eating problems and mood and anxiety disorders: results from the Canadian Community Health Survey of Mental Health and Well-being

Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2015 Mar;23(2):156-62. doi: 10.1002/erv.2347. Epub 2015 Jan 21.


This study was to examine profiles of eating problems (EPs), mood and anxiety disorders and their comorbidities; explore risk patterns for these disorders; and document differences in health service utilization in a national population. Data were from the Canadian Community Health Survey of Mental Health and Well-being. The lifetime prevalence of EPs was 1.70% among Canadians, compared with 13.25% for mood disorder, 11.27% for anxiety disorder and 20.16% for any mood or anxiety disorder. Almost half of those with EPs also suffered with mood or anxiety disorders. A similar pattern in depressive symptoms was found among individuals with major depression and EPs, but individuals with EPs reported fewer symptoms. Factors associated with the comorbidity of EPs and mood and anxiety disorders were identified. Individuals with EPs reported more unmet needs. Patients with EPs should be concomitantly investigated for mood and anxiety disorders, as similar interventions may be effective for both.

Keywords: comorbidity; disordered eating; eating problems; mood and anxiety disorders; risk factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Depression / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors