Eating Disorders

A. B. Goldschmidt, E. E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, D. Le Grange

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Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses characterized by abnormal eating behavior, difficulties regulating body weight, and body image disturbances. Eating disorders are associated with numerous negative health consequences, marking them as a major public health concern. This article provides a concise overview of the classification, epidemiology, correlates, etiology, and treatment of eating disorders across the age spectrum. Although significant progress has been made in the past several decades in understanding these complex disorders, empirical and clinical attention should continue to focus on early identification and treatment, as well as developing novel interventions for patients who do not respond to traditional treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Classification
  • Diagnosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Etiology
  • Feeding or eating disorder not elsewhere classified
  • Treatment


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