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

Is there a link between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms?

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Andie Ashdown summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis which finds a relationship between sexual harrassment and eating disorder symptomatology.

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CBT for eating disorders: which approach works best for whom?

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Alice Potter reviews a trial of CBT for eating disorders, which finds that motivational work may be important for patients with initially low motivation and resistance to therapy.

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The global burden of disease from mental disorders remains high

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Alejandro Arguelles Bullon summarises the latest Global Burden of Disease study (2019) looking at the prevalence, incidence and impact that mental disorders have on our lives, which shows no reduction in the burden over the last 30 years.

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How the pro-eating disorders community gain influence on Twitter #Proana

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In her debut blog, Megan Buoey summarises a social media study which explores how pro-eating disorder communities grow on Twitter.

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Interpersonal psychotherapy for eating disorders: a viable alternative to CBT?

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Georgie Parker summarises a systematic review which suggests that interpersonal psychotherapy may be as effective as CBT for eating disorders, particularly in certain groups.

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Unique multiracial identities may serve as a protective or risk factor for eating disorders

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Andie Ashdown blogs about a US survey study which finds that some multiracial identities may serve as a protective factor against eating disorder psychopathology, whereas other multiracial identities may point to an increased risk.

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How can we culturally adapt eating disorders services to provide better care for people from racial and ethnic minorities?

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou consider a systematic review from the US, which looks at some of the ways that we can culturally adapt eating disorders treatment for adults from racial or ethnic minorities.

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Disordered eating during COVID: understanding experiences from Reddit posts

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Georgie Parker summarises a research study of Reddit comments posted during Covid-19, which looks at how the pandemic and lockdown affected people with disordered eating behaviours.

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The link between autism and eating disorders remains unclear #CAMHScampfire

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Douglas Badenoch helps us prepare for another CAMHS Around the Campfire session by looking at a brace of population cohort studies exploring the links between autism and eating disorders.

Follow #CAMHScampfire on Twitter at 5pm BST on Monday 11th October for an online journal club discussing these papers. Or sign up now to join the free webinar hosted by ACAMH.

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New Canadian study confirms the excess mortality associated with eating disorders

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In her debut blog, Anna Paspala summarises a new study published today in The British Journal of Psychiatry, which suggests that in Ontario, Canada, mortality rates in people with eating disorders were 5-7 times higher than the general population.

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