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Keywords:

  • classification;
  • eating disorders;
  • children and adolescents

Abstract

Objective:

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.

Method:

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

Results:

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

Conclusion:

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