Chapter 2. Epidemiology and Cultural Aspects of Eating Disorders

  1. Mario Maj4,
  2. Katherine Halmi5,
  3. Juan José López-Ibor6 and
  4. Norman Sartorius7
  1. Hans Wijbrand Hoek1,2,
  2. Daphne van Hoeken1 and
  3. Melanie A. Katzman3

Published Online: 28 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0470867183.ch2

Eating Disorders, Volume 6

Eating Disorders, Volume 6

How to Cite

Hoek, H. W., van Hoeken, D. and Katzman, M. A. (2003) Epidemiology and Cultural Aspects of Eating Disorders, in Eating Disorders, Volume 6 (eds M. Maj, K. Halmi, J. J. López-Ibor and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470867183.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 5

    Eating Disorder Program, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, White Plains, NY 10605, USA

  3. 6

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  4. 7

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Parnassia, The Hague Psychiatric Institute, Albardastraat 100, NL-2555 VZ The Hague, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA

  3. 3

    New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUL 2003
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2003

Book Series:

  1. WPA Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470848654

Online ISBN: 9780470867181



This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Nervosa

  • Pathway to Care of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

  • Risk Factors

  • Specific Risk Topics

  • Sociocultural Aspects

  • Cross-cultural Validity of Research

  • Summary

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • Epidemiology of Eating Disorders: Issues of Measurement. Authored by Stephen Wonderlich

  • Problems in the Identification of Rare Disorders in a Transcultural Frame. Authored by Hans-Christoph Steinhausen

  • The Meaning of Numbers. Authored by L.K. George Hsu

  • Eating Pathology—A Continuum of Behaviours? Authored by Adam Drewnowski

  • Culture as a Defining Aspect of the Epidemiology and Aetiology of Eating Disorders. Authored by D. Blake Woodside

  • Unpackaging “Cultures” in Eating Disorders. Authored by Sing Lee

  • Eating Disorders in Infancy: Epidemiology and Cultural Aspects. Authored by Sam Tyano and Miri Keren

  • Treatment Referral and Atypical Eating Disorders: New Directions for Future Research. Authored by Paolo Santonastaso

  • Understanding the Epidemiology of Eating Disorders. Authored by Salvador Cervera, Miguel Angel Martínez-González and Francisca Lahortiga

  • The Epidemiology of Eating Disorders: Data from Japan. Authored by Yoshikatsu Nakai

  • Eating Disorders in the Age of Globalization. Authored by Maria Angélica Nunes, Andréa Pinheiro and Ana Luiza Abuchaim

  • Eating Disorders in Developing Countries—Do We Need New Criteria? Authored by Ahmed Okasha

  • The Search for Influences on Eating Disorders. Authored by Merry N. Miller

  • Cross-cultural Psychology and Epidemiology of Eating Disorders. Authored by Adrian Furnham