Eating-related concerns, mood, and personality traits in recovered bulimia nervosa subjects: A replication study

D. Stein, W. H. Kaye, H. Matsunaga, I. Orbach, D. Har-Even, G. Frank, C. W. McConaha, R. Rao

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Objective: Limited data suggest that eating-related concerns and behaviors, disturbances in mood, and altered temperament persist following recovery from bulimia nervosa (BN). Method: In order to replicate and extend such findings, 11 women who were long-term recovered from BN (>1 year with no binging, purging, or restricting behaviors, normal weight, and regular menstrual cycles) were compared with 15 healthy volunteer women on the Eating Disorders Invertory-2 (EDI-2), the Beck Depression Inventory, the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ). Results: Compared with the control women, the recovered BN women showed elevated levels of the EDI-2 subscales of Drive for Thinness, Body Dissatisfaction, Ineffectiveness, Perfectionism, and Social Insecurity, greater depression and anxiety, elevated levels of the MPQ Stress Reaction dimension and the higher-order factor of Negative Emotionality, and lower levels of the MPQ Well Being and Closeness dimensions. Discussion: Core eating and weight-related concerns, dysphoric affect, social discomfort, and personality traits indicative of perfectionism persist following long-term recovery from BN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Dysphoric affect
  • Eating-related concerns
  • Personality


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