Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa

Elke D. Eckert

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Abstract

The most widespread eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are potentially serious disorders with high morbidity and mortality primarily affecting young women. The disorders are related; often there are no clear boundaries between the two disorders. Recent advances have been made in defining the interplay of risk factors leading to the disorders. These include various biologic and genetic factors, such as personality and comorbid psychiatric symptoms. Although there have also been advances in the treatment of the disorders, much more research is needed, particularly in anorexia nervosa, to define effective treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Medical Basis of Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Pages195-211
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781588299178
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Anorexia
  • Binge eating
  • Binge-purge
  • Bulimia
  • Eating disorders

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