Volume 3 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the 2015 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference: Riding the Waves to Recovery

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Significant nutritional variables in patients with eating disorders

  • Leanne Barron1, 2Email author,
  • Robert Barron3,
  • Jeremy Johnson4,
  • Shannon Ward5,
  • Ingrid Wagner6 and
  • Warren Ward7
Journal of Eating Disorders20153(Suppl 1):O62


Published: 23 November 2015

Retrospective chart analysis of 113 patients presenting to a general practitioner with eating disorders was conducted, in an attempt to identify statistically and clinically significant nutritional variables. Blood tests are a useful diagnostic tool in eating disorders, and this research suggests that current testing should be broadened to include trace minerals such as zinc and manganese.

Results were analysed for cholesterol, red blood cell folate, vitamin B12, magnesium, manganese, zinc, vitamin D, phosphate, ferritin, white cell count, red cell count and platelets. Patients were analysed as an entire group, but also separately as those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa (1), Bulimia Nervosa (2), EDNOS (3) and classic AN followed by BN (4).

Analysis using T tests and chi squared showed that variables most likely to lie outside the population reference range were manganese, cholesterol, ferritin, vitamin B12, zinc and vitamin D.

Authors’ Affiliations

Brisbane City Doctors
Charles Sturt University
University of Queensland Medical School
University of Queensland
QUT Eating Disorder Clinic
Queensland Eating Disorders Outreach Service


© Barron et al. 2015

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