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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. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, there are not scientific studies directly linking OCD with anorexia.

In brief: No

No, there are not scientific studies directly linking OCD with anorexia.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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