Special Issue "Eating Disorders and Associated Disorders in Adolescents"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Karin Waldherr
Guest Editor
FernFH - Distance Learning University of Applied Sciences, Ferdinand Porsche Ring 3, 2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Interests: public health; health promotion; prevention and treatment of eating disorders and associated disorders; E-Mental-Health; evaluation and implementation research
Prof. Dr. C. Barr Taylor
Assistant Guest Editor
1.Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
2.Center for m²Health, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
Interests: online preventive and clinical interventions for eating disorders; technology; public health; screening
Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz
Assistant Guest Editor
Medical University of Vienna, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Eating Disorders Unit, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Interests: clinics; course; etiology; treatment; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; childhood eating

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorders, unspecified feeding and eating disorders) in their full and subclinical manifestations are serious, potentially life-threatening, mental illnesses. They can affect people of all genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and age groups across the globe. However, the peak onset is during the vulnerable life period of adolescence, and often, they take a severe and protracted course. Eating disorders are associated with other psychiatric (e.g., depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder) and medical (e.g., obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases) comorbidities. Previous research has identified multiple interacting risks contributing to the development of eating disorders, including biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. In view of the severe and long-lasting sequelae of eating disorders and their impact on the quality of life both of sufferers and their relatives, they are a serious public health issue.

This Special Issue titled “Eating Disorders and Associated Disorders in Adolescents” in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) seeks original papers, reviews, and meta-analyses dealing with the epidemiology, etiology, prevention, treatment, course, and outcome, as well as the economic burden, of eating disorders and associated disorders in adolescents. We especially encourage the submission of papers dealing with environmental risk factors and public health approaches to prevention targeting the environment.

If you consider to submit a review paper (systematic review or meta-analysis) we kindly ask you to submit an abstract at least one month before the submission deadline for the special issue. All papers will be subjected to a peer-review process.

Dr. Karin Waldherr
Prof. Dr. C. Barr Taylor
Prof. Dr. Andreas Karwautz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • eating disorders
  • adolescents
  • risk factors
  • prevention
  • treatment
  • public health
  • environment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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