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Eating disorders linked to long-term depression risk for mothers: Study


Any kind of and body image concerns before or during can be associated with long-term risk for mothers, recent findings suggest.

"We found that women who have had an at any point before childbirth, even if it was years earlier in adolescence, were more likely to experience depressive symptoms during and up to 18 years after the birth of their child," said the study's

According to the researchers, this finding suggests that many people with eating might not fully recover since we know that eating and often happen at the same time.

Previous studies had suggested that depressive symptoms among mothers with eating might improve after the perinatal period, but those studies didn't have such a long follow-up time to confirm that the increased risk of depressive symptoms does, in fact, persist for women who have had an

The research team found that women who had ever had or experienced more depressive symptoms over an 18-year follow-up than those who had never had an eating disorder.

"Depressive symptoms in mothers have been shown to be associated with a number of negative outcomes for their children, such as emotional and behavioural problems. It is therefore important, to identify and treat early, as these could be one potential cause of the depressive symptoms. We should also identify pregnant women with an eating disorder so that they can be provided with mental support. This could benefit both mother and child in the long run," Solmi explained.

Abigail Easter, one of the authors of the paper who developed training materials to help identify in pregnancy, added: "There is a need for more training for practitioners and midwives on how to recognise in pregnancy, which could help to reduce the long-term impact of mental ill-

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 12:51 IST