About this Research Topic
Extreme eating behaviours are an increasing global health threat. This statement applies in terms of how, how much and what people eat.
With rates of obesity and its consequences on the rise, obesity will soon be the global avoidable cause of death number one. At the other pole of the weight spectrum, anorexia nervosa is still the most lethal among psychiatric disorders, because the physical consequences of anorexia and its high risk for suicide take their toll.
In recent decades, our knowledge on the impact of further disorders of disturbed eating such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder has massively increased. Nevertheless, treatment options are still limited for each of the mentioned disorders within the whole spectrum.
Even though the amount of ingested calories exceeds the needs of modern people by far, food is often lacking certain important nutrients, putting people at risk for malnutrition, uncontrolled inflammatory processes, and serious physical and mental health sequelae.
The proposed Research Topic on “Extreme Eating Behaviours” will address the psychological and biological mechanisms underlying disturbed eating, their association with mental and physical health risks and the diagnostic tools and therapies that are currently evaluated or developed. It will additionally be open to manuscripts on how these behaviors have been perceived and dealt with in the past and how they will be conceptualized and treated in the future.
Keywords: Malnutrition, Obesity, Weight gain, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Anorexia nervosa
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