Eating disorders

Andrea B. Goldschmidt, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Daniel Le Grange

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Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses characterized by maladaptive eating behavior, difficulties regulating body weight, and body image disturbances. Eating disorders are associated with numerous negative health consequences, making them a major public health concern. This chapter 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 addressing the wide treatment and research-practice gaps, as well as developing novel interventions for patients who do not respond to traditional treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
ISBN (Print)9780323914970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Body image
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Compensatory behaviors
  • Dieting
  • Eating disorders
  • Other specified feeding or eating disorder
  • Overvaluation of shape and weight
  • Purging
  • Restrictive eating
  • Shape concerns
  • Weight concerns


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