Eating Disorders

  • Carolyn Coker RossEmail author
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder include individuals who are both underweight and overweight or obese. These disorders share some commonalities with other causes of weight issues including that dieting is a known trigger for the development of all the eating disorders. Other common issues between obese individuals and those with eating disorders include body dissatisfaction, a history of weight-related teasing, and the influence of media and culture on the desire to be thin. Eating disorders have the highest mortality of any psychiatric disorder, and those who do not die from their disorder often experience many medical, psychological, and social consequences that have a serious impact on their lives. An integrative approach to treating eating disorders offers many advantages when used in conjunction with conventional therapies to reduce medical sequelae and improve overall cognitive and behavioral functioning.


Eating disorders Anorexia Bulimia Binge eating disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Arizona, Center for Integrative MedicineDenverUSA

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