Nutrition expertise in eating disorders

H. B. Breen, D. L. Espelage

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Anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) dominate published reports J on disordered eating, although they actually account for a small number of cases. Binge eat ing disorder (BED) and subclinical syndromes of disturbed eating and distress are far more prevalent Medical nutrition therapy including education is a cornerstone of therapy, however there has been no evaluation of baseline knowledge of nutrition and diet composition in this population relative to individuals who do not exhibit pathological eating behavior. In addition, previous reports suggest that individuals with clinical eating disorders have above average knowledge of nutrition. In the present investigation, individuals with subclinical eating disorders did not differ from control participants. Poor scores overall indicate that nutri-) tional counseling may be a useful component of treatment. These results further suggest that nutrition expertise is not an early feature of the disorder and, therefore, does not likely contribute to its development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Binge eating disorders
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Dieting
  • Nutrition knowledge
  • Obesity
  • Subclinical eating disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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