2. Eating Disorders: an Overview

  1. Bryan Lask2,3,4 and
  2. Ian Frampton2,5
  1. Beth Watkins1,4

Published Online: 10 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998402.ch2

Eating Disorders and the Brain

Eating Disorders and the Brain

How to Cite

Watkins, B. (2011) Eating Disorders: an Overview, in Eating Disorders and the Brain (eds B. Lask and I. Frampton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998402.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo Universitetssykehus HF, Ullevål, Bygg 37, 0407 Oslo, Norway

  2. 3

    Ellern Mede Service for Eating Disorders, 31 Totteridge Common, London, N20 8LR, UK

  3. 4

    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, WC1N 3JH, UK

  4. 5

    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0RE, UK

  2. 4

    Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, WC1N 3JH, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670033

Online ISBN: 9781119998402



  • eating disorders - anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS);
  • food-avoidance emotional disorder (FAED) - selective eating and functional dypsphagia;
  • eating disorders AN, BN - source of physical and psychological morbidity;
  • DSM-IV diagnostic criteria - for anorexia nervosa;
  • anorexia nervosa (AN) - weight loss and refusal, in maintaining body weight;
  • AN in children, as in older adolescents and adults - and developmental differences;
  • bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder - recurrent episodes of overeating, loss of control;
  • puberty onset, changes in drives, psychology and social life - throughout adolescence;
  • eating disorders, future studies of treatment - ethnic and racial diversity, of patient groups;
  • eating disorders, and family-based approaches - treatment studies, of children and adolescents


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Clinical descriptions

  • Comorbidity

  • Epidemiology

  • Aetiology and risk factors

  • Treatment

  • Course and outcome

  • Conclusion

  • References