Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 May;54(5):412-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.018.


This Practice Parameter reviews evidence-based practices for the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents. Where empirical support is limited, clinical consensus opinion is used to supplement systematic data review. The Parameter focuses on the phenomenology of eating disorders, comorbidity of eating disorders with other psychiatric and medical disorders, and treatment in children and adolescents. Because the database related to eating disorders in younger patients is limited, relevant literature drawn from adult studies is included in the discussion.

Keywords: anorexia nervosa; binge eating; bulimia nervosa; eating disorders; food avoidance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / therapy*
  • Bulimia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Bulimia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Psychotherapy / methods
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States