A clinician’s quick guide to evidence-based approaches: eating disorders (Version 2)

Tracey D. Wade, Susan Byrne, Stephen Touyz

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Since the first version of the quick guide for eating disorders (Wade et al., Citation2013) was published, much has changed in the treatment of eating disorders, and this second version should replace the first. Diagnosis now encompasses a range of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED), unspecified feeding and eating disorders (UFED) and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). The impairment associated with OSFED and UFED are commensurate with the other eating disorders (Fairweather-Schmidt & Wade, Citation2014; Wade & O’Shea, Citation2015).

Cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED) has become the dominant evidence-based therapy across the eating disorders (Linardon et al., Citation2017). Emerging evidence suggests it has equivalent outcomes for AN compared to child and adolescent Family Based Treatment (FBT: Le Grange et al., Citation2020). CBT-ED has equivalent outcomes to other adult outpatient therapies for AN, including the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults and Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (Byrne et al., Citation2017; Solmi et al., Citation2021)...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Psychologist
Issue number1
Early online date23 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • anorexia nervosa
  • avoidant restrictive food intake disorder
  • binge eating disorder
  • bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders


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