Classification of child and adolescent eating disturbances

  • Workgroup for Classification of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (WCEDCA): Bravender T, Bryant-Waugh R, Herzog D, Katzman D, Kreipe RD, Lask B, Le Grange D, Lock J, Loeb K, Madden S, Nicholls D, O'Toole J, Pinhas L, Rome E, Sokol-Burger M, Wallen U, Zucker N.



The purpose of this article is to summarize major conceptual and clinical variables related to age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate classification of eating problems and disorders in children and adolescents.


A review of current classifications and related literature in child development is provided. Problems with current classification schemes are identified and discussed.


Current classifications are inadequate to address the clinical and research needs of children and adolescents with eating disturbances and disorders.


A range of possible changes in classification strategies for eating disorders in children and adolescents are described. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007