Critical gaps in the medical knowledge base of eating disorders

  • Dennis Gibson
  • Anne Drabkin
  • Mori J. Krantz
  • Margherita Mascolo
  • Elissa Rosen
  • Katherine Sachs
  • Christine Welles
  • Philip S. MehlerEmail author


Eating disorders are unique in that they inherently have much medical comorbidity both as a part of restricting-type eating disorders and those characterized by purging behaviors. Over the last three decades, remarkable progress has been made in the understanding and treatment of the medical complications of eating disorders. Yet, unfortunately, there is much research that is sorely needed to bridge the gap between current medical knowledge and more effective and evidence-based medical treatment knowledge. These gaps exist in many different clinical areas including cardiology, electrolytes, gastrointestinal and bone disease. In this paper, we discuss some of the knowledge gap areas, which if bridged would help develop more effective medical intervention for this population of patients.


Medical knowledge Osteoporosis Cardiology Pseudo-Bartter syndrome Gastroparesis 



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Dennis Gibson declares that he has no conflict of interest. Anne Drabkin declares that she has no conflict of interest. Mori J. Krantz declares that he has no conflict of interest. Margherita Mascolo declares that she has no conflict of interest. Elissa Rosen declares that she has no conflict of interest. Katherine Sachs declares that she has no conflict of interest. Christine Welles declares that she has no conflict of interest. Philip S. Mehler declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Gibson
    • 1
  • Anne Drabkin
    • 1
  • Mori J. Krantz
    • 2
  • Margherita Mascolo
    • 1
  • Elissa Rosen
    • 1
  • Katherine Sachs
    • 1
  • Christine Welles
    • 1
  • Philip S. Mehler
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.ACUTE, at Denver HealthDenverUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiology, at Denver HealthDenverUSA
  3. 3.Eating Recovery Center, DenverDenverUSA
  4. 4.DenverUSA

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