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Anorexia may stunt growth in teenage girls

Key clinical point: Girls who experienced anorexia nervosa were significantly shorter as adults, compared with midparental target height.

Major finding: Height at hospital admission, hospital discharge, and in adulthood were significantly lower than expected among girls who were hospitalized for anorexia at roughly 15 years of age (change in standard deviation scores of –0.36, –0.34, and –0.29, respectively).

Study details: The data come from a prospective long-term study of 255 adolescent girls who were hospitalized for anorexia nervosa at a single center.

Disclosures: The study received no outside funding. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Modan-Moses D et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Aug 20. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa510.