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Nutrients 2018, 10(7), 829; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10070829

Obesity with Comorbid Eating Disorders: Associated Health Risks and Treatment Approaches

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The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia
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Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, the University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW 2006, Australia
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CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brasília, DF 70040-020, Brazil
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Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
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Received: 11 May 2018 / Revised: 20 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 June 2018 / Published: 27 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eating Disorders and Obesity: The Challenge for Our Times)
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Abstract

Obesity and eating disorders are each associated with severe physical and mental health consequences, and individuals with obesity as well as comorbid eating disorders are at higher risk of these than individuals with either condition alone. Moreover, obesity can contribute to eating disorder behaviors and vice-versa. Here, we comment on the health complications and treatment options for individuals with obesity and comorbid eating disorder behaviors. It appears that in order to improve the healthcare provided to these individuals, there is a need for greater exchange of experiences and specialized knowledge between healthcare professionals working in the obesity field with those working in the field of eating disorders, and vice-versa. Additionally, nutritional and/or behavioral interventions simultaneously addressing weight management and reduction of eating disorder behaviors in individuals with obesity and comorbid eating disorders may be required. Future research investigating the effects of integrated medical, psychological and nutritional treatment programs addressing weight management and eating disorder psychopathology in individuals with obesity and comorbid eating disorder behaviors—such as binge eating—is necessary. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; eating disorders; binge eating; dieting; treatment obesity; eating disorders; binge eating; dieting; treatment
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da Luz, F.Q.; Hay, P.; Touyz, S.; Sainsbury, A. Obesity with Comorbid Eating Disorders: Associated Health Risks and Treatment Approaches. Nutrients 2018, 10, 829.

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