European Eating Disorders Review publishes authoritative and accessible articles, from all over the world, which review or report original research that has implications for the treatment and care of people with eating disorders. A wide-scope eating disorders journal, we offer a channel of communication between researchers, practitioners, administrators and policymakers who need to report and understand developments in the field.

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  • Biological Treatments and Eating Disorders
    Editors: Hubertus Himmerich, King's College London, UK and Sabrina Mörkl, Medical University of Graz, Austria

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Closing date for first submissions: 31st May 2023

 

  • Age Transitions in Eating Disorders

Editors: Beate Herpertz Dahlmann, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of the RWTH Aachen, Germany and Ulrike Schmidt, King's College London, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK

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Extended closing date for first submissions: 17 April 2023

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The following is a list of the most cited articles based on citations published in the last three years, according to CrossRef.

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A framework for conceptualising early intervention for eating disorders

Highlights

  • Early intervention for eating disorders is in its infancy.

  • We summarise existing early intervention approaches for eating disorders from around the globe.

  • We propose key policy, service, clinician, and research recommendations to progress early intervention for eating disorders.

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What do we know about the epidemiology of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder in children and adolescents? A systematic review of the literature

Highlights

  • ARFID prevalence estimates vary widely across studies and are highest in specialist feeding clinics. The one incidence study to date suggests that new presentations to clinical care are relatively rare.

  • ARFID has a high rate of psychiatric comorbidity especially with anxiety disorders.

  • Further epidemiological studies, especially using national surveillance methodology, will help planning and resource allocation for this patient group.

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Sensory processing and eating behaviours in autism: A systematic review

Key points

  • Sensory processing, notably taste/smell and hypersensitivities, was associated with a broad range of eating behaviours in autism, although no study looked at disordered eating outcomes.

  • There are clear implications for the development of sensory-based eating interventions in clinical and subclinical populations, highlighting the need for considering and adjusting for unique sensory needs in treatment approaches.

  • A broader investigation of different sensory profiles and disordered eating outcomes across development will allow us to untangle the role of sensory processing in autism and eating behaviours.

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‘Mindful eating’ for reducing emotional eating in patients with overweight or obesity in primary care settings: A randomized controlled trial

Highlights

  • ‘Mindful eating’ added to treatment as usual (TAU) is more effective than TAU alone for reducing the emotional eating pattern of obese and overweight patients in primary care (PC) settings.

  • The programme produced improvements in secondary outcomes such as external eating, the severity of bulimic symptoms, the frequency of binge episodes, and some mindfulness and self-compassion facets.

  • The body mass index (BMI) and other physiological variables were not significantly reduced by the ‘Mindful eating’ programme; future studies should try to overcome some methodological shortcomings of the present study.

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Effects of COVID‐19 lockdown on eating disorders and obesity: A systematic review and meta‐analysis

Key points

  • Sixty-five percent of the individuals with Eating Disorders experienced symptom deterioration during the COVID-19 confinement

  • Fifty-two percent of the individuals with obesity reported weight increase

  • More than half of the participants experienced depression and anxiety

  • However, the few studies that examined changes in symptoms before and during the confinement showed inconsistent findings

  • High-quality longitudinal studies are needed to identify vulnerable groups, as well as the long-term impact of COVID-19

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Problematic eating behaviours of autistic women—A scoping review

Highlights

  • This scoping review indicates that autistic women exhibit both eating behaviours frequently seen in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and disordered eating behaviours, similar to those of women with eating disorders.

  • The review also indicates that studies investigating these eating behaviours of autistic women are still very scarce, and those that are available often lack a comprehensive assessment of the ASD diagnosis.

  • Future studies are needed to confirm the findings and to further explore how and why autistic women eat the way they eat, in order to help to adapt current treatment modalities to meet the unique needs of these women.

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