Special Issue "Special Updated Research on Eating Disorders: Medical Perspectives"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
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
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
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
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
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- eating disorders
- medical complication
- NES, Israel
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1. Recent medical findings impacting the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa