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Factors associated with poor prognosis in anorexia nervosa


The chance of relapse or a poorer outcome is based on the following factors, which include:

−Age of onset (younger do better) +Duration of illness +Severity of weight loss +Hyperactivity, vomiting +Bulimia and purging +Obsessive-compulsive symptoms −Hysterical personality +Difficulty with weight gain in the ward environment/short duration inpatient treatment −Ability to get weight into the normal range +Pretoria developmental or clinical abnormalities −Good parent–child relationship +High socio-economic status

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