Special Issue "Special Updated Research on Eating Disorders: Medical Perspectives"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yael Latzer
Guest Editor
1. Full Professor, Dean, School of Social Work, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel.
2. Research Director, Eating Disorders Institution, Rambam, Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel.
Interests: eating disorders; family therapy; sleep and eating disorders; religiosity and eating disorders; child and adolescent psychology
Prof. Dr. Daniel Stein
Guest Editor
1. Director, Ambulatory Service for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders, Pediatric Psychosomatic Department Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
2. Director, Eating Disorders Unit, Department of Psychiatry, “Maaynei Hayeshuah” Medical Center, Bnei Brak, Israel.
3. Full Professor (Clinical, Emeritus), Department of Psychiatry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Interests: eating disorders; suicide; psychological therapies; child and adolescent psychiatry
Dr. Itay Tokatly Latzer
Guest Editor
1. Lecturer, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
2. Pediatric Neurology and Child Development Institute, The Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital, Tel Aviv Medical Center.
Interests: pediatric neurology; child development; disordered eating; child and adolescent medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Eating disorders (EDs) are currently considered among the most prevailing public health problems, reaching an epidemic proportion in many Western countries. Nevertheless, symptoms and syndromes of self-starvation are not a new, modern phenomenon. They first appeared in the clinical descriptions of anorexia by Gull and Lasegue in the 19th century, and since then have been observed for more than 1500 years, being interpreted in each era according to prevailing beliefs and cultural norms (Witztum, Stein and Latzer, 2005). EDs, particularly anorexia nervosa (AN)—the most studied ED—were originally conceptualized as of sociocultural (Stice, Shupak-Neuberg, Shaw, Stein, 1994), psychodynamic (Mushat, 1982), or psychosomatic origin (Minuchin, Roseman, Baker 1978). However, they are currently considered to be mainly induced and maintained by a host of genetic, neurobiological, and neurocognitive influences (Keel and Klump, 2003; Kaye et al., 2013; Roberts et al., 2010, 2013; Brownell and Walsh, 2017). In that sense, rather than being associated first and foremost to eating-related, dieting, and body image disturbances, EDs—particularly anorexia nervosa—are currently considered to represent mind- or brain-related illnesses (Kaye et al., 2013).

According to the latest classification of the DSM, the DSM-5 (2013), ED diagnoses currently include anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge-eating disorders (BEDs), and other specified eating and feeding disorders (OS-FEDs). On the one hand, this latter category includes a variety of maladaptive eating-related attitudes and behaviors that do not reach the severity of full-blown AN, BN, and BED (Hoek and van Hoeken, 2003), but are distinct from mere dieting in having the potential to induce significant morbidity. Furthermore, almost half of individuals with these EDs may progress to the full syndrome within several years (Fairburn and Harrison, 2003). On the other hand, the OS-FED category includes “non-classical” EDs such as orthorexia (a maladaptive concern about the healthiness of consumed ingredients) or avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), a reduction in the amount and diversity of food that starts in childhood and is not related to dieting or body image disturbances (DSM-5, 2013).

Prof. Dr. Yael Latzer
Prof. Dr. Daniel Stein
Dr. Itay Tokatly Latzer
Guest Editors

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  • eating disorders
  • adolescent
  • medical complication
  • psychopharmacology
  • NES, Israel
  • dissociation
  • bariatric
  • interpersonal

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A Retrospective Analysis Evaluating the Outcome of Parenteral Nutrition in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Korea
J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(11), 3711; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9113711 - 19 Nov 2020
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of parenteral nutrition (PN) as supplemental feeding for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). This study was conducted by reviewing the medical records of patients with AN who were hospitalized at a non-specialized [...] Read more.
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical efficacy of parenteral nutrition (PN) as supplemental feeding for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). This study was conducted by reviewing the medical records of patients with AN who were hospitalized at a non-specialized ward. A total of 129 patients with AN were recruited, consisting of 67 patients received PN with oral refeeding and 62 patients received oral refeeding alone. We compared the weight gain at discharge and after discharge between the groups. As a result, at admission, the patients given supplementary PN had lower body mass indices and lower caloric intake than the patients without PN. The mean duration of PN was 8.5 days, which amounted to about a third of the average hospital stay with no difference between the groups. Both groups had similar weight gains during hospitalization, but the patients with PN had higher weight gains than the patients without PN at one and three months after discharge. In conclusion, the results suggest that supplementary PN in the early stage of refeeding might initiate weight gain in AN when nasogastric tube feeding is not possible. Randomized controlled trials are needed to be further tested of PN in treatment of AN. Full article
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1. Recent medical findings impacting the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa



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