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(p. 289) Defining Eating Disorders 

(p. 289) Defining Eating Disorders
(p. 289) Defining Eating Disorders

Evelyn Attia

, Anne E. Becker

, Cynthia M. Bulik

, Alison E. Field

, Neville H. Golden

, Richard E. Kreipe

, Daniel Le Grange

, James E. Mitchell

, Kathleen M. Pike

, Robyn Sysko

, C. Barr Taylor

, and B. Timothy Walsh

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date: 17 June 2018

This chapter describes the diagnostic criteria used in clinical and research settings to define eating disorders and highlights important changes in the criteria introduced by DSM-5 in 2013. Emerging evidence suggests that the DSM-5 categories usefully capture a range of eating problems in need of clinical attention that were not well described in previous DSM editions. The chapter also reviews the characteristics of adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, their frequency in the general population, and their psychological comorbidities. Important medical complications associated with the disorders, especially among adolescents, are summarized, as well as approaches to their treatment. The chapter covers in greatest detail anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

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