The spectrum of eating disturbances

Int J Eat Disord. 1995 Nov;18(3):209-19. doi: 10.1002/1098-108x(199511)18:3<209::aid-eat2260180303>;2-e.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / classification
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Risk Factors