eating disorders

Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating.

Our eating disorders Blogs

Prevention of eating disorders: where do we start?

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Sarah McDonald is impressed by this new systematic review of universal, selective and indicated prevention for eating disorders.

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The stigma of eating disorders: which interventions might help?

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Francesca Solmi summarises a new systematic review of stigma and eating disorders, and asks if it’s time to move beyond socio-cultural explanations of risk.

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Help-seeking for eating disorders: barriers and facilitators

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Sarah McDonald considers a systematic review that explores the perceived barriers and facilitators towards help-seeking for eating disorders.

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Rapid response to eating disorders predicts better outcomes

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Francesca Solmi writes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of rapid response to eating disorders, which finds that early treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder is associated with moderate improvements in behavioural and cognitive outcomes.

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Parent-focused treatment for anorexia in adolescents: more efficient than family-based treatment says new RCT

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Dave Steele summarises a recent RCT which compares Parent-Focused Treatment and Family-Based Treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa.

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Eating disorders: impact on health-related quality of life and healthcare costs

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Gemma Shields’ debut blog about a systematic review of the health-related quality of life and economic burdens of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

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Eating disorders more common in schools with more girls or more educated parents

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Lucas Shelemy writes his debut Mental Elf blog about a paper by fellow Elf Helen Bould, which examines whether female student populations and higher levels of parental education are associated with changes in eating disorders prevalence.

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Eating disorders and suicide

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David Steele considers the implications of a Swedish population registry study, which finds that people with eating disorders and their close relations are at increased risk for attempting and/or completing suicide.

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Bariatric surgery can help improve depression, says new meta-analysis

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Emily Stapley reports on a new JAMA meta-analysis, which finds that mental illnesses such as depression and binge eating disorder are common among patients seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery.

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