Adverse sexual experience in childhood and clinical eating disorders: a preliminary description

J Psychiatr Res. 1985;19(2-3):357-61. doi: 10.1016/0022-3956(85)90040-8.


Seventy-eight eating disordered patients were asked systematically about any history of adverse sexual experience. About two thirds gave such a history. The events reported were often distressing and significant to the subject. It is unclear what role such events play in the causation of later eating disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology*
  • Child Abuse*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hyperphagia / psychology*
  • Incest
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Offenses*