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December 22/29, 1999

Eating Disorders in the Military

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JAMA. 1999;282(24):2291. doi:10.1001/jama.282.24.2291-JQU90010-3-1

Women on active duty in the military appear to have eating disorders in substantially higher proportions than the civilian female population, according to a new study.

During a year-long prospective study, researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined eating behaviors of 423 women on active duty at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Wash. The study also included a written questionnaire and clinical interviews. The researchers reported that 33 (8%) of the women were diagnosed with an eating disorder. The prevalence of eating disorders in the civilian female population is estimated at 1% to 3%.