Advances in Eating Disorders
Aguera, Zaida (editor)
Jiménez-Murcia, Susana (editor)
Eating disorders (ED) are a group of mental disorders characterized by an altered food intake and the presence of inappropriate behaviors and thoughts about weight and shape. All EDs lead to physical and psychosocial functioning impairments in the patients which, in turn, may contribute to the persistence of the disease. The severity of EDs has been highlighted by their chronicity, medical complications, comorbidity, and high rates of mortality. Therefore, to address this important health issue, the current Special Issue collected 21 articles (i.e., three reviews and 18 research articles) focusing on the most recent and relevant scientific findings regarding advances in ED, such as genetic and epigenetic factors, biomarkers, comorbidity, clinical phenotypes, neurocognition, treatment predictors, and treatment models and therapeutic targets. Altogether, we believe that the articles contained in this Special Issue have largely achieved the initial objective of providing increased knowledge about the pathogenesis, the risk factors, the maintenance factors, and the most appropriate treatments tools for ED.
Keywordsanorexia nervosa; cognitive interpersonal model; severe enduring; physical activity; accelerometry; weight gain; eating disorders; malnutrition; neuroimaging; fractal dimension; cortical complexity; food craving; food addiction; emotion regulation; event related potentials; EEG; neurophysiology; psychopathology; ASD; comorbidity; emotion recognition; attention; sensory sensitivity; autism; Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC); body mass index; disordered eating behaviors; disordered eating cognitions; polygenic scores; non-suicidal self-injury; temperament; eating disorder; adolescence; nocturnal eating syndrome; sleep-related eating disorder; parasomnia; delayed sleep-wake phase; MUPS; magnetic resonance spectroscopy; MRS; insula; glutamate; N-acetylaspartate; NAA; epigenetics; bulimia nervosa; DNA methylation; gene-environment interactions; caloric intake; refeeding syndrome; refeeding protocol; children and adolescents; parents; carers; intervention; workshop; online intervention; alcohol and/or drug abuse; substance use disorder; executive functions; impulsivity; emotional dysregulation; deep brain stimulation; psychosurgery; clinical trial; subcallosal cingulate; nucleus accumbens; high expressed emotion; caregivers; dance students; disordered eating attitudes; Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26); mesomorphy; ectomorphy; Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curve analysis; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; ADHD; longitudinal; treatment outcome; dropout; rTMS; treatment; anorexia; bulimia; binge eating disorders; restrictive anorexia nervosa; weight recovery; animal models; acyl-ghrelin; desacyl-ghrelin; chronic food restriction; virtual reality; fear of gaining weight; body anxiety; body image disturbances; body-related attentional bias; n/a
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Publication date and placeBasel, Switzerland, 2021