The spectrum of eating disturbances

Catherine M. Shisslak, Marjorie Crago, Linda S. Estes

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Objective: The purpose of this paper was to review and summarize the research literature on the spectrum of eating disturbances. Method: Literature was searched using a computer data base to identify recent articles related to the prevalence and occurrence of disturbed eating patterns as well as full and partial syndrome eating disorders (EDs). Results: This review indicates that the prevalence of partial syndrome EDs in nonclinical populations is at least twice that of full syndrome EDs, and that there is a progression in some individuals from less to more severe disturbances in eating behavior. Discussion: These findings suggest the need for careful, scientific evaluation of risk factors for EDs in both children and adults. A longitudinal research program in progress is described which aims to identify the risk factors for EDs. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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