Special Issue "Maladaptive Eating Attitudes in Youth"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2012)
Prof. Dr. John Worobey (Website)
Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
The current but justifiable focus on obesity has led to comparatively less interest in what have traditionally been the classic cases of energy intake gone awry, namely anorexia and bulimia nervosa. For example, a recent check of MEDLINE citations for the years 1990 and 2010, using only the keywords obesity and anorexia nervosa, reveals a 648% increase for the former, but only a 34% increase for the latter. The fact remains, however, that despite the serious morbidities associated with obesity, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. To be sure, obesity may co-occur with binge eating disorder, but the persisting notion that “thinner is better” may serve to propel chronic dieting into a binge-purge cycle, if not an attempt at self-starvation. Regardless, the nutritional status of the sufferer is affected whether under- or overeating. The purpose of this special issue of Nutrients is to assemble representative efforts on the topic of dysfunctional eating in youth, with studies on the correlates or causes of maladaptive eating attitudes of particular interest.
Prof. Dr. John Worobey
- eating attitudes
- eating disturbances
- body image
- food restriction
- anorexia nervosa
- bulimia nervosa
- binge eating disorder