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Eating Disorders

Second Edition

Pamela K. Keel

Publication Date - October 2016

ISBN: 9780190247348

288 pages
7 x 10 inches

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Presents a comprehensive and accessible investigation of eating disorders, spanning topics such as historical and cross-cultural trends in prevalence of eating pathology, biological bases of eating disorders, and treatment and prevention


Eating Disorders presents a comprehensive and accessible investigation of eating disorders, spanning topics such as historical and cross-cultural trends in prevalence of eating pathology, biological bases of eating disorders, and treatment and prevention. It provides an examination of the intersections of culture, mind, and body, and includes case studies throughout, helping bring eating disorders to life. This second edition is fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the DSM-5 as well as research and practice advances that have occurred over the past decade. Specifically, the second edition provides coverage of newly named syndromes, a new chapter on feeding disorders and obesity, an expanded discussion of RDOC initiative, expanded coverage of eating disorders in men, a section on mediators and moderators of treatment response, a section of suggested additional sources that includes articles, books, movies, and on-line sources for reliable and accurate information, a new description of cognitive behavior therapy that outlines what CBT for bulimia nervosa looks like as experienced from the patient's perspective, and a new discussion of prevalence and risk of dietary supplements. The book will be useful in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, gender and psychopathology, and eating disorders courses, and as a supplemental text in courses within nursing, nutrition, and sports medicine.

New to this Edition

  • Fully revised and updated according to the DSM-5 and latest research and clinical advances
  • Provides coverage of newly named syndromes
  • Includes a new chapter on feeding disorders and obesity
  • Expanded coverage of eating disorders in men
  • Added section on mediators and moderators of treatment response
  • Includes a new discussion of prevalence and risk of dietary supplements


  • The only textbook on eating disorders designed for undergraduate and graduate courses that can also be used as a primer for anyone interested in gaining a broad understanding of eating disorders
  • Includes case studies of each eating disorder discussed, providing a rich understanding of how eating disorders impact people's lives
  • Topics and case studies are integrated across chapters, lending to readability

About the Author(s)

Pamela K. Keel, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Keel conducts federally-funded research on the nosology, biology, epidemiology, and longitudinal course of bulimic syndromes and has authored over 200 papers and two books on the topic of eating disorders. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Association for Psychological Science, and American Psychological Association.


"Eating Disorders is without a doubt the definitive introduction to the field. Fully updated with new diagnostic criteria, updated epidemiological information, and cutting-edge research findings, the second edition is as engaging as it is informative. Compelling case studies are introduced in the very beginning and followed in every chapter of the text, breathing life into such important topics as etiological factors, biological bases, treatment selection, and current controversies."--Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"This book is an outstanding resource for anyone seriously interested in eating disorders. It is simultaneously authoritative and accessible and has been updated to include important recent developments in the field, including the publication of new criteria for diagnosis in DSM-5. An essential resource for both students and faculty."--B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

"Reflecting the author's broad-based expert understanding, Eating Disorders provides a comprehensive, well written, up-to-date review of the vast literature associated with these disorders. This book is ideally suited as a text for an advanced undergraduate course in eating disorders, and also provides critical foundational knowledge for anyone entering the field at the graduate level."--Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, FAED, Professor, Department of Psychology, Trinity University

"Dr. Keel has made an extraordinarily important contribution with this book. She is one of the world's leading experts on eating disorders, and she has provided students, clinicians, and researchers with an up-to-date, authoritative volume on the topic. Readers will get a vivid sense of the personal struggles associated with eating disorders, while learning about the latest, cutting-edge research on the causes and treatments of disordered eating."--Greg Smith, PhD, Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, University of Kentucky

"This textbook is a highly unique and informative resource for understanding the current state-of-the-science in the eating disorders field. Dr. Keel is an internationally renowned expert who is able to relate complex concepts and research findings in an easily digestible form that will be appreciated by introductory undergraduate students all the way up to doctoral-level professionals. This textbook is sure to become the 'go to' book for education on eating disorders research, treatment, and prevention."--Kelly L. Klump, PhD, MSU Foundation Endowed Professor and Co-Director of the Michigan State University Twin Registry, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction: What Are Eating Disorders?

    Anorexia Nervosa
    Bulimia Nervosa
    Binge Eating DisorderBinge Eating Disorder
    Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder
    Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder
    Eating Disorders as a Continuum of Problems

    Chapter 2 Related Conditions that are Not Eating Disorders

    Rumination Disorder
    Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

    Chapter 3 Who Suffers from Eating DisordersWWho Suffers from Eating Disorders?

    Stereotype of Who Suffers from Eating Disorders
    Eating Disorders and Gender
    Eating Disorders and Race/Ethnicity
    Eating Disorders in Non-Western Cultures
    Eating Disorders over Time

    Chapter 4 Finding the Causes of Eating Disorders: Going Beyond Descriptive Methods

    Longitudinal Studies
    Experimental Research Studies
    Naturalistic Investigations

    Chapter 5 Body Image, Dieting, and Eating Disorders: Is the Media to Blame?

    Cultural Ideal of Thinness
    Why Does Thin = Good?
    Societal Denigration of Overweight/Obesity
    Body Image

    Chapter 6 Family and Peer Factors in the Development of Eating Pathology

    Psychoanalytic Model of Family Influence
    Psychodynamic Model of Family Influence
    Family Systems Model of Family Influence
    Social Learning Model of Eating Disorders
    Peer Influences on Eating Pathology

    Chapter 7 Psychological Factors in the Development of Eating Disorders: The Contributions of Personality and Cognitive-Affective Processes

    Cognitive and Affective Processes

    Chapter 8 Biological Bases, Correlates, and Consequences of Eating Disorders

    Brain Function and Eating Disorders
    Genetic Contributions to Eating Disorders
    Physical Consequences of Eating Disorders

    Chapter 9 Treatment

    Treatment Use
    Treatment Modalities
    Psychotherapy Content and Theoretical Orientations
    Nonpsychotherapy Interventions

    Chapter 10 Prevention

    Prevention Paradigms
    Prevention Themes and Content
    Implementing Prevention and Levels of Intervention

    Chapter 11 Long-Term Course and Outcome

    Anorexia Nervosa
    Bulimia Nervosa
    Binge-Eating Disorder
    Purging Disorder
    Comparison of DSM-5 Eating Disorders

    Chapter 12 Conclusion

    Case Studies Revisited
    Future Directions

    About the Author
    Name Index
    Subject Index