Defining Eating Disorders

Edited by Dwight L. Evans, Edna B. Foa, Raquel E. Gur, Herbert Hendin, Charles P. O'Brien, Martin E.P. Seligman and B. Timothy Walsh

in Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173642
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951024 | DOI:

Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative

Defining Eating Disorders

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This chapter on defining eating disorders includes the etiology of eating disorders; the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and assessment of how well these criteria apply to adolescents; the demographics and prevalence of eating disorders among adolescents; issues of comorbidity, outcome, and diagnostic migration for adolescents with eating disorders; and the medical complications of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Chapter.  14378 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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