15. Cognitive Behavioural Models in Eating Disorders

  1. John R. E. Fox2 and
  2. Ken P. Goss3
  1. Myra Cooper

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch15

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Cooper, M. (2012) Cognitive Behavioural Models in Eating Disorders, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910



  • anorexia nervosa (AN);
  • bulimia nervosa (BN);
  • cognitive behavioural (CB) model;
  • eating disorders (EDs);
  • transdiagnostic model


A number of cognitive behavioural (CB) models and approaches have been suggested for eating disorders (EDs). This chapter provides an overview of those that have been published and applied, highlighting their specific and enduring contributions in the context of current practice and understanding of EDs. Following a brief summary of the empirical evidence that supports these models, including relevant treatment outcome studies, the case for a change in approach, while maintaining a cognitive behavioural focus, is presented, together with a brief summary of the supporting evidence. The chapter then outlines a revised cognitive model of bulimia nervosa (BN), together with some preliminary suggestions for a revised, cognitive model or understanding of anorexia nervosa (AN). Diagrammatic formulations are presented and a case material is used to illustrate the two models. Relevant empirical support for the proposed revisions is presented, and the implications for future research are summarized.