Intergenerational, early life, cognitive and social determinants of eating disorders

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 1530000 SEK


Eating disorders (EDs): anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related disorders, are one of the leading causes of disease burden in young women. EDs are associated with significant psychiatric and physical complications and impose a considerable burden on patients, their families and their off-spring. Health care costs are substantial and additional indirect economic consequences arise from disruption to education and employment. In a three-year project, we propose to combine data from three longitudinal studies with a register-based study of the total Swedish population for analyses of determinants of incidence and long term outcomes of eating disorders. We will: (i) investigate effects of grandparental and parental age and social characteristics on risk and outcome of eating disorders in children and grandchildren (females and males) and (ii) address the role of family structure, sibling position, perinatal complications, school performance, social networks and aspirations, and parental health as a potential mediators or modifiers of the effects of grandparental and parental social environment on eating disorders in offspring. Better understanding of the interplay of parental, early life and psychosocial influences will generate important insights into the aetiology of these diseases and lead to more effective prevention and treatment strategies. Our project constitutes a contribution to the priority area of psychiatric research.

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