Military-related trauma tied to eating disorder symptoms

October 1, 2017

(HealthDay)—Noncombat, military-related trauma is associated with eating disorder symptom severity in male veterans, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Kimberly A. Arditte Hall, Ph.D., from the VA Boston Healthcare System, and colleagues surveyed 642 male veterans to examine the associations between specific types of trauma (i.e., childhood physical abuse, adult physical assault, , adult sexual assault, and military-related trauma) and eating disorder symptoms.

The researchers found that multiple traumatization was associated with increased eating disorder symptoms. However, when they controlled for other trauma types, military-related trauma was the only trauma type that was uniquely associated with eating disorder symptoms. Examination of different types of military-related indicated that the association was not driven by exposure to combat.

"Results highlight the need for better assessment of eating disorder symptoms in this population," conclude the authors.

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