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Tobacco smoking in eating disordered female patients

  • Rénate Eiber1, 2
Annals of General Psychiatry20109(Suppl 1):S87

https://doi.org/10.1186/1744-859X-9-S1-S87

Published: 22 April 2010

Keywords

Public HealthBody Mass IndexRetrospective StudyFemale PatientTobacco Smoking

Background

Some smokers use tobacco in order to control weight. It is conceivable that eating disordered women smoke for that reason. Aim: to describe smoking features in eating disordered women; to show differences according to types of eating disorder and to identify factors explaining tobacco use in this population.

Materials and methods

A retrospective study including two hundred women diagnosed for eating disorders according to ICD-10 criteria. We gathered socio-demographic features and evaluated tobacco dependence with the Fagerström questionnaire (FTND).

Results

The body mass index was the same in all smoking and no smoking eating disordered patients. FTND score and daily consumption of cigarettes in eating disordered smokers showed significant differences according to diagnostic groups of eating disorders. Age of smoking the first cigarette, age of beginning daily tobacco smoking and reasons of smoking did not display any significant differences between diagnostic groups. Daily smoking was much more frequent in bulimics.

Conclusions

Our study did not allow to reveal that tobacco is used to control weight in eating disordered women.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
EIber Renate psychiatrist private exercice, Toulouse, France
(2)
BERLIN Ivan department of pharmacology Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital Paris, France

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Copyright

© Eiber; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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