Neurobiological and Genetic/Epigenetic Correlates of Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Child and Adolescent Psychiatry".

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Dear Colleagues,

Eating disorders, encompassing conditions like avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, are complex psychological conditions with significant physical health implications. They are influenced by a myriad of factors, including genetic predisposition, neurobiological changes, and environmental triggers. Recent research has started to unravel the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of these disorders, as well as their relationship with neurobiological changes in childhood and adolescence.

This Special Issue seeks to compile and expand the current knowledge on:

The genetic and epigenetic factors contributing to the onset and development of eating disorders.
Neurobiological changes associated with eating disorders in childhood and adolescence.
The interaction between genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors in eating disorders.
Longitudinal studies tracing the progression of these disorders across different life stages.
Implications of these findings for prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies.

Dr. Luca Cerniglia
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  • eating disorders
  • neurobiological correlates
  • genetic factors
  • epigenetic influences
  • avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • binge-eating disorder
  • childhood and adolescent development
  • prevention and treatment strategies

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Neurobiological, Genetic, and Epigenetic Foundations of Eating Disorders in Youth
by Luca Cerniglia
Children 2024, 11(3), 274; - 23 Feb 2024
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Eating disorders (EDs), encompassing conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, represent a significant public health concern, particularly among children and adolescents [...] Full article
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