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If you have ocd as a child, are you at risk for developing anorexia as an adult?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Child Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: No, there are not scientific studies directly linking OCD with anorexia.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes, but...: Although there is an association with childhood OCD and anorexia nervosa, most people with OCD do not develop anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is, itself, a serious illness with inherent obsessive-compulsive features, so there is considerable symptom overlap between anorexia nervosa and ocd. Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening illness and anyone who may have it needs immediate evaluation.

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