Newly discovered warnings signs could help doctors identify eating disorders early. 

Researchers from Swansea University Medical School analyzed the health records from 15,558 people diagnosed with an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa or binge eating disorder, between 1990 and 2017. 

The team saw that in the two years prior to diagnosis, these individuals had the following in common: higher levels of other mental disorders, such as depression; higher levels of injury and self-harm; and a higher rate of prescriptions for antipsychotics, antidepressants, gastrointestinal drugs and dietary supplements. 

Researchers say doctors should keep an eye out for these warning signs, as early detection and intervention of eating disorders is important.


Demmler, J. C., Brophy, S. T., Marchant, A., et al (2019, July 1). Shining the light on eating disorders, incidence, prognosis, and profiling of patients in primary and secondary care: national data linkage study. The British Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved from

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Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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