Chapter 6. The Economic and Social Burden of Eating Disorders

  1. Mario Maj2,
  2. Katherine Halmi3,
  3. Juan José López-Ibor4 and
  4. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Scott J. Crow and
  2. Carol B. Peterson

Published Online: 28 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0470867183.ch6

Eating Disorders, Volume 6

Eating Disorders, Volume 6

How to Cite

Crow, S. J. and Peterson, C. B. (2003) The Economic and Social Burden 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.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

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

  3. 4

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Eating Disorders Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, 2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1495, 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

  • Medical Burdens of Eating Disorders

  • Economic Burdens of Eating Disorders

  • Academic, Occupational and Social Burdens of Eating Disorders

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • A Spectrum of Costs. Authored by Niva Piran

  • Reducing the Multiple Burdens of Suffering: Accessing Care for Eating Disorders. Authored by Ruth H. Striegel-Moore and Debra Franko

  • Where Does the Burden Come from? Authored by W. Stewart Agras

  • Economic Burden and the Eating Disorders. Authored by Paul Garfinkel

  • Eating Disorders: Time to Count the Cost. Authored by Arthur Crisp

  • The Hidden Burdens of Eating Disorders. Authored by Robert L. Palmer

  • Differential Treatments for Eating Disorders Might Reduce Social and Economic Burden. Authored by Maria Råstam and Christopher Gillberg

  • The Burdens of Eating Disorders Are Rarely Recognized. Authored by Pauline S. Powers and Yvonne Bannon

  • Counting the Cost of Counting the Calories. Authored by Lois J. Surgenor

  • What about the Family Burden of Eating Disorders? Authored by Angela Favaro

  • A Field with Important Issues Awaiting Investigation. Authored by Aris Liakos