Is Childhood OCD an Indicator of Food Issues in Later Years?


Researchers at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s (SLaM) OCD Service in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) have discovered an increase in the development of eating disorders in children who were previously diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A new study found that nearly one in ten children who had OCD later went on to develop an eating disorder, a higher statistic than is found in those without OCD. Dr. Nadia Micali, of the IoP of King’s College in London, and colleagues tracked 126 children and their parents for as many as nine years to gather their data. They asked the participants a series of questions designed to determine the presence of an eating disorder. “Among the young people we followed up with, females who experienced OCD during childhood, and also have a family history of eating disorders, are at high risk for developing an eating disorder later in life,” said Dr Micali. ”Recognizing childhood OCD as a contributing factor to developing an eating disorder in adolescence may help clinicians detect higher risk individuals and implement early treatment or even prevention.”

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