Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and eating disorders: Is there a relation? Results of a cross-sectional study

Fabio Zaina, Sabrina Donzelli, Monia Lusini, Luca Vismara, Paolo Capodaglio, Laura Neri, Stefano Negrini

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Abstract

A recent study suggests a correlation between idiopathic scoliosis in adolescence and eating disorders. However, this does not correspond with our clinical experience in the same population. The aim of this study was to verify the correlation between scoliosis and eating disorders in adolescence. A cross-sectional study was designed including 187 consecutive adolescent girls with a diagnosis of idiopathic scoliosis (mean Cobb angle 26°, range 11-73°, age 15.2. ±. 2.5; 24% juveniles, 76% adolescent type) and 93 schoolgirls as controls (age 14.9. ±. 1.0). All of the participants answered the Italian validated questionnaire EAT-26 about eating habits in order to identify any eating disorders. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated for all participants and compared to reference data. Statistical Analysis: chi-square test, Student's t-test, Pearson's correlation coefficient. Only 3 (1.6%; 95% CI -0.2-3.4%) participants in the scoliosis group showed EAT-26 scores suggestive for eating disorders versus 7 (7.5%; 95% CI 2.2-12.9%) in the school population (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1124
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Anorexia
  • Brace
  • Eating disorders
  • Exercise
  • Idiopathic scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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