Epidemiology of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Leora Pinhas and Susan J. Bondy

in The Oxford Handbook of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Developmental Perspectives

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744459
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Epidemiology of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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Few review papers or chapters on the epidemiology of eating disorders focus on epidemiology solely as it pertains to children and adolescents. The aim of this chapter is to critically review the current state of the epidemiologic literature specific to children and adolescents in terms of research methodology. The current literature provides some information on the rates of occurrence in this younger population. However, the literature is its infancy. Knowledge development will require greater investment, as well as improved rigor in clinical evaluation and measurement. This will serve to improve the understanding of onset, progression, management, and outcomes, and the evolution of these important disorders.

Keywords: Epidemiology; incidence; prevalence; mortality; outcome; recovery; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; eating disorder not otherwise specified; children; adolescents

Article.  16585 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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