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August 14, 2019

Reconsidering the Association Between Infection-Related Health Care Use and Occurrence of Eating Disorders: Chicken or Egg?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Medical University Hospital Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(11):1212. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2186

To the Editor Breithaupt and colleagues1 published epidemiological data from a population-based female Danish cohort and concluded that infections that require hospitalization and treatment with anti-infective agents in childhood are associated with an increased risk for an eating disorder. This risk was greatest in the first 3 months after hospitalization. Such epidemiological cohort studies may contribute important evidence to the identification of risk factors for mental disorders.

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