Mortality in anorexia nervosa

Am J Psychiatry. 1995 Jul;152(7):1073-4. doi: 10.1176/ajp.152.7.1073.


Objective: The author's goal was to shed light on the debate regarding the mortality rate over time associated with anorexia nervosa.

Method: He conducted a meta-analytic study using weighted linear regression to combine crude mortality proportions from 42 published studies to estimate the mortality associated with anorexia nervosa over time.

Results: The crude rate of mortality due to all causes of death for subjects with anorexia nervosa in these studies was 5.9% (178 deaths in 3,006 subjects). The aggregate mortality rate was estimated to be 0.56% per year, or approximately 5.6% per decade.

Conclusions: The aggregate estimated mortality rate for subjects with anorexia nervosa is substantially greater than that reported for female psychiatric inpatients and for the general population.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / mortality*
  • Cause of Death
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Mortality
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data