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Does Bone Structure Impact Predicted Weight for Height at Recovery in Patients with Eating Disorders

Nicole Neifert

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School: Hudson High School
Internship Track: Applied Medicine
Year 2018
Mentor: Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
Department(s): General Pediatrics
Abstract: Significantly more patients with eating disorders presented with medium or large bones than with small bone structure. Since large bones weigh more than medium or small bones, one would expect patients with large bones to have a higher weight and BMI than a similar-sized person with medium or small bones. The lack of differences in BMI between groups may reflect greater pathology and unrecognized eating disorders in the large-boned person, who may be trying to lose weight in an unrecognized, unhealthy way. Although not significant, the mean number of months that the patients had before ever coming in for treatment was much shorter in patients with smaller bones compared to patients with medium and large bones. This could be because people often do not recognize an eating disorder unless the patient is underweight, and large bones could potentially make up that weight and help a patient hide their eating disorder longer.