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(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 1 -- The prevalence of anorexia is greater than previously thought, but so is recovery, according to a Finnish twin study.

By age 30, up to 70% of Finnish women with anorexia nervosa had recovered from the eating disorder, Anna Keski-Rahkonen, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Helsinki and Columbia University, and colleagues reported in the Aug. 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

In the nationwide study of 2,881 women surveyed from the 1975-1979 birth cohorts, the researchers found anorexia rates to be twice as high as those previously cited.

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