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Eating disorder patient referrals from a population region 1977–1986

  • Anne Hall (a1) and Phillipa J. Hay (a1)
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Three hundred and forty-three eating disorder patients (50% anorexia nervosa, 37% bulimia and 13 % atypical eating disorder) were seen by the eating disorder service in the Wellington (New Zealand) region between 1977 and 1986. Ninety-six per cent were female. Annual rate of referral for anorexia nervosa remained stable at 5 per 100000 population (34 per 100000 females aged 15–29 years). Annual referral rate for bulimia increased from 6 to 44 per 100000 females aged 15–29 years.

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1 Address for correspondence: Professor Anne Hall, Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, PO Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand.
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