Typical Patterns in Atypical Anorexia Nervosa

Catherine M. Shisslak, Marjorie Crago, Alayne Yates

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Only a few published accounts describe atypical anorexia nervosa. To provide more information about this eating-disorder subtype, 15 patients (12 females, 3 males) with atypical anorexia nervosa were studied. In general, the 12 female patients were characterized by 1) older age at onset and presentation, 2) recurring bouts of depression, 3) numerous somatic complaints, 4) unmet dependency needs, and 5) little evidence of distortion in body image. The three male patients were characterized by a younger age at onset compared to the females, and in many ways they resembled young female anorexics or bulimic anorexics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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