What is the prevalence of suicidal ideation and behaviors in anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

The presence of an eating disorder has been associated with increased levels of suicidal thinking. Using nationally representative, face-to-face interview surveys of 10,123 adolescents in the continental United States, Swanson et al found the incidence of suicidal ideation and behavior in anorexia nervosa to be as follows [16] :

  • Suicidal ideation: Anorexia nervosa (31.4%); subacute anorexia nervosa (30%)

  • Suicide planning: Anorexia nervosa (2.3%); subacute anorexia nervosa (14.2%)

  • Suicide attempts: Anorexia nervosa (8.2%); subacute anorexia nervosa (12.4%)

According to the meta-analysis by Arcelus et al, 1 in 5 individuals with anorexia nervosa who died had committed suicide. [72]


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!