Features associated with diet pill use in individuals with eating disorders Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Reba-Harrelson, Lauren E.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The relation between diet pill use and eating disorder (ED) diagnostic subtype, purging and compensatory behaviors, tobacco and substance use, personality characteristics, and Axis I and Axis II disorders was investigated. The sample included 1315 participants with ED diagnoses and diet pill use data from the multisite, Price Foundation Genetics Studies. Results indicated that diet pill use was associated with increased weight control behaviors, novelty seeking, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and borderline personality disorder, and negatively associated with narcissistic personality disorder. Findings suggest that certain clinical and personality variables distinguish individuals with EDs who use diet pills from those who do not. In the ED population, vigilant screening for diet pill use is an imperative clinical objective.
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