Time to make a change: A call for more experimental research on key mechanisms in anorexia nervosa

Klaske A. Glashouwer, Timo Brockmeyer, Valentina Cardi, Anita Jansen, Stuart B. Murray, Jens Blechert, Cheri A. Levinson, Ulrike Schmidt, Kate Tchanturia, Tracey D. Wade, Jennifer Svaldi, Katrin E. Giel, Angela Favaro, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Hans Christoph Friederich, Eva Naumann, Janet L. Treasure, Brunna Tuschen-Caffier, Silja Vocks, Jessica Werthmann

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Abstract

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a life‐threatening eating disorder, characterised by persistent pathological weight loss behaviours and an intense fear of weight gain and food consumption. Although there is an abundance of scientific theories on the neurobiological, psychological and sociocultural factors thought to be involved in the maintenance of AN (e.g., Fairburn, Shafran, & Cooper, 1999; Steinglass & Walsh, 2016; Treasure et al., 2020), there is little experimental research testing these ideas. The need for theory firmly grounded in empirical evidence becomes strikingly clear when we consider that current treatments for patients with AN are limited in their effectiveness...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-367
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • eating behavior
  • anorexia nervosa
  • research methodologies

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