Comparison of hip geometry, strength, and estimated fracture risk in women with anorexia nervosa and overweight/obese women.


Data suggest that anorexia nervosa (AN) and obesity are complicated by elevated fracture risk, but skeletal site-specific data are lacking. Traditional bone mineral density (BMD) measurements are unsatisfactory at both weight extremes. Hip structural analysis (HSA) uses dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry data to estimate hip geometry and femoral strength. Factor of risk (φ) is the ratio of force applied to the hip from a fall with respect to femoral strength; higher values indicate higher hip fracture risk.