Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

Gregory D. Wilson

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

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Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment of bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED). Initial findings with eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) other than BED promise similar outcomes. Options for improving upon the efficacy and efficiency of CBT are discussed, primarily by incorporating an expanded range of principles and clinical strategies from CBT in general. Fairburn’s (2008) enhanced CBT provides an illustration. Dissemination of CBT is poor. Guided self-help based on CBT principles is effective for a subset of patients with BN and BED and provides the means for making evidence-based treatment available to a wider range of patients. There is scant research on CBT for anorexia nervosa, and evidence of efficacy is lacking.

Keywords: bulimia nervosa; cognitive–behavioral therapy; evidence-based treatment; guided self-help

Article.  13576 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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