“In contrast to the extant literature characterizing eating disorders as chronic illnesses, our longitudinal data demonstrate that continued symptom improvement and meaningful recovery are possible in anorexia nervosa beyond the first decade of follow-up,” wrote Kamryn Eddy, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts General Hospital Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program and colleagues. “For bulimia nervosa, if recovery is not observed by nine-year follow-up, it is less likely to occur in the subsequent decade.”


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