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Preliminary study of eating disorders among French female adolescents and young adults.

Explored eating disorders among 38 female adolescents and 38 female young adult students in Paris, France. A semistructured interview was conducted with each S in private and included Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-III-Revised (DSM-III-R) criteria questions for bulimia and anorexia. A high percentage of the adolescents (68.4%) and young adults (50%) displayed one or more atypical eating behaviors with grazing prominent in both groups. Bulimia nervosa was found only in the older group; binge eating was significantly more frequent among the older Ss. Nicotine dependence and daily grazing with a history of grazing during childhood were reported in all Ss with bulimia nervosa. Data, while requiring replication in larger samples, indicate that atypical eating behaviors are common in the populations sampled and that daily grazing, especially with a history of grazing during childhood, and nicotine dependence may be strongly associated with the development of bulimia nervosa. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)