Eating Issues in the Context of the Physically Ill Child

Wendy M. Froehlich, Sirirat Ularntinon and Richard J. Shaw

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

 Eating Issues in the Context of the Physically Ill Child

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Requests for psychiatric consultation in the pediatric medical setting regarding changes in appetite or weight may require a number of diagnostic considerations. Although the consultation may frequently be phrased as one of ruling out the possibility of an eating disorder, the range of potential etiologies is quite diverse and may encompass consideration of multiple organ systems and syndromes. In addition, there is always the possibility of a psychiatric or psychosomatic illness. In this chapter, we review the common medical and psychosomatic syndromes that may be associated with changes in appetite and weight. We also include discussion of some of the common syndromes that present with vomiting, which in turn may contribute to changes in appetite.

Keywords: Eating disorders; etiological factors; comorbidity

Article.  9334 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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