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Table 2 Summary of household economic outcomes in the study population

From: The household economic burden of eating disorders and adherence to treatment in Australia

  Overall Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Other
n = 90 n = 49 n = 15 n = 26
Household economic outcomes n % n % n % n %
Economic hardship 87 96.7% 48 98.0% 14 93.3% 25 96.2%
Could not pay for         
Utilities 26 29.5% 14 29.2% 4 26.7% 8 32.0%
Rent/mortgage 14 15.9% 8 16.7% 3 20.0% 3 12.0%
Car payments 19 21.6% 13 27.1% 1 6.7% 5 20.0%
Minimum credit card payment 19 21.6% 12 25.0% 2 13.3% 5 20.0%
Medications 22 25.3% 15 31.3% 3 20.0% 4 16.7%
Medical/health appointments 39 44.3% 22 45.8% 5 33.3% 12 48.0%
Health insurance 13 14.9% 7 14.9% 2 13.3% 4 16.0%
Dental appointments 27 31.0% 17 36.2% 2 13.3% 8 32.0%
Transport 14 16.3% 10 21.7% 1 6.7% 3 12.0%
Food 22 25.0% 13 27.1% 4 36.7% 5 20.0%
Did not attend medical appointments 30 34.5% 16 34.0% 5 33.3% 9 36.0%
Did not fill prescriptions 23 26.1% 15 31.3% 4 26.7% 4 16.0%
Unable to heat home 13 14.8% 8 16.7% 2 13.3% 3 12.0%
Did you do use any of these strategies because you were short on money?         
Reduced home loan payments 5 5.7% 1 2.1% 2 13.3% 2 8.0%
Used savings put aside for other purposes 54 61.4% 30 62.5% 8 53.3% 16 64.0%
Moved house 13 14.9% 8 17.0% 4 26.7% 1 4.0%
Increased credit card debt $1000 or more 26 29.9% 13 27.7% 4 26.7% 9 36.0%
Sought financial assistance from friends/family 39 45.3% 21 45.7% 8 53.3% 10 40.0%
Sought financial assistance from welfare or community organisation 20 23.0% 12 25.5% 3 20.0% 5 20.0%
Informal loan 14 16.1% 7 14.9% 3 20.0% 4 16.0%
Formal loan 9 10.3% 5 10.6% 1 6.7% 3 12.0%
Sold assets 13 14.9% 4 8.5% 4 26.7% 5 20.0%
Other 16 18.4% 10 21.3% 2 13.3% 4 16.0%
Cost-related non-adherence 16 17.8% 10 20.4% 3 20.0% 3 11.5%
Spent greater than 10% of income on medical and health-related expenses (self-reported) 30 41.7% 17 44.7% 6 46.2% 7 33.3%