Bulimia nervosa symptoms in the multimodal treatment study of children with ADHD

Amori Yee Mikami, Stephen P. Hinshaw, L. Eugene Arnold, Betsy Hoza, Lily Hechtman, Jeffrey H. Newcorn, Howard B. Abikoff

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Objective: We investigated body image dissatisfaction and bingeing/purging characteristics of bulimia nervosa (BN) in the ongoing prospective follow-up of the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Method: Participants were 337 boys and 95 girls with ADHD and 211 boys and 53 girls forming a local normative comparison group (LNCG), reassessed in midadolescence (mean age, 16.4), 8 years after original recruitment. Results: Youth with childhood ADHD showed more BN symptoms in midadolescence than did LNCG youth, and girls demonstrated more BN symptoms than did boys, with effect sizes between small and medium. Childhood impulsivity, as opposed to hyperactivity or inattention, best predicted adolescent BN symptoms, particularly for girls. Among youth with ADHD, treatment received during the follow-up period was not associated with BN pathology. Discussion: Both boys and girls with ADHD may be at risk for BN symptoms in adolescence because of the impulsivity central to both disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-259
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Bulimia nervosa


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