Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders are motivated behavior disorders characterized by disordered eating behaviors and functional impairment. Medical and nutritional complications may be severe and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Discussion of medical complications may serve as a therapeutic tool to engage ambivalent patients in treatment. Behaviorally oriented treatments that emphasize weight restoration or maintenance, as well as normalization of eating behaviors, are associated with the best short- and long-term outcomes and with lower rates of relapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food and Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123849533
ISBN (Print)9780123849472
StatePublished - Sep 14 2015


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • Family-based therapy
  • Medical complications
  • Motivated behavior
  • Purging
  • Refeeding syndrome
  • Restricting
  • Weight restoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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