The reasons why eating disorder patients drink

Hart, Susan, Abraham, Suzanne, Franklin, Richard C. and Russell, Janice (2011) The reasons why eating disorder patients drink. European Eating Disorders Review, 19 2: 121-128. doi:10.1002/erv.1051

Author Hart, Susan
Abraham, Suzanne
Franklin, Richard C.
Russell, Janice
Title The reasons why eating disorder patients drink
Journal name European Eating Disorders Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1072-4133
Publication date 2011-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/erv.1051
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 128
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kindgom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To explore the reasons why eating disorder patients consume non-alcoholic fluids and to examine variables associated with poor and excessive drinking.

A sample of 115 patients admitted for inpatient treatment to a specialist eating disorder facility completed a semi-standardised retrospective fluid intake history of type and amount of fluid and of reasons for drinking. ANOVA, chi-square and factor analysis were performed.

Results: The main reasons for consuming fluids were for fullness and appetite suppression; for feelings of control including feeling empty; to assist with purging; and for physiological reasons such as drinking when thirsty, after exercising and to increase energy levels via caffeine ingestion.

Discussion: An eating disorder needs to be considered a disorder of fluid intake, as much as a disorder of food intake. Factors affecting the fluid intake of eating disorder patients are related to the presence of eating disorder behaviours. 
Keyword Anorexia nervosa
Fluid intake
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published March/April 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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