a1 Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand
Three hundred and forty-three eating disorder patients (50% anorexia nervosa, 37% bulimia and 13 % atypical eating disorder) were seen by the eating disorder service in the Wellington (New Zealand) region between 1977 and 1986. Ninety-six per cent were female. Annual rate of referral for anorexia nervosa remained stable at 5 per 100000 population (34 per 100000 females aged 15–29 years). Annual referral rate for bulimia increased from 6 to 44 per 100000 females aged 15–29 years.
c1 Address for correspondence: Professor Anne Hall, Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, PO Box 7343, Wellington South, New Zealand.