Special Issue "The Role of Nutrition and Nutritional Interventions in Anorexia Nervosa"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jochen Seitz
Guest Editor
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University Hospital, RWTH University Aachen, 52074 Aachen, Germany
Interests: eating disorders; anorexia nervosa; neuroimaging; development; hormonal changes; microbiome; inflammation; gut permeability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although nutrition obviously plays a central role in the etiology but also in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, astonishingly little systematic research exists on this topic. The specific effects of nutrition or lack thereof on psychological symptoms such as selective eating, fat-phobia, and depression, but also potential anxiety reducing effects remain largely elusive. Biological changes brought upon by reduced and selective nutrition on anatomical and functional brain changes as well as gut microbial and endocrine changes are not well understood. Finally, systematic studies on controlled nutritional interventions including re-alimentation speed, refeeding syndrome, and specific nutritional supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, micronutrients or pre-/probiotics and their interactions with the aforementioned alterations are almost completely lacking.

This Special Issue on “The role of Nutrition and Nutritional Interventions in Anorexia Nervosa” welcomes original research papers and up-to-date reviews (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses). These can range from preclinical research to human studies and can be aimed at understanding the role of nutrition with regard to clinical symptoms and underlying pathophysiology in anorexia nervosa at a behavioral, physiological, microbial or neuronal level. Furthermore, systematic studies on nutritional interventions in anorexia nervosa are highly welcomed.

Dr. Jochen Seitz
Guest Editor

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  • nutrition
  • anorexia nervosa
  • atypical anorexia nervosa
  • gut microbiome
  • neuroimaging intervention
  • diet
  • semi-starvation
  • re-alimentation
  • refeeding syndrome
  • micronutrients

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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