MEB-seminarium: Population studies on eating disorders in Finland
Speaker: Linda Mustelin, MD, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Public Health University of Helsinki och Department of Psychiatry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and their subthreshold forms) are serious and potentially lethal illnesses that particularly affect young women. Population-based samples offer unique opportunities to study course, prognosis and correlates of these disorders. The FinnTwin16 cohort is a Finnish nation-wide longitudinal twin cohort. It is one of the first population-based cohorts in which eating disorders have been studied in detail.
I will present findings from this cohort, including long-term outcome of anorexia nervosa, early course of binge eating disorder, and risky drinking behaviors among women with eating disorders. I will also discuss how changes in the diagnostic classification in psychiatry (the transition from DSM-IV to DSM-5) increased the prevalence and changed the clinical picture and prognosis of anorexia nervosa in our sample.Contact person: Cynthia Bulik