Dysregulated eating behaviour, eating disorders and obesity

Published on November 30, 2015   41 min

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The topic of this lecture is on "Dysregulated Eating Behavior, Eating Disorders and Obesity." My name is Ulrike Schmidth, and I'm professor of eating disorders at King's College, London.
I will start with a brief introduction. I will then go on to look at terminology, classification and epidemiology in this area. I will then go on to present some information on the clinical features of bulimic disorders before going on to the etiology of both bulimic behaviors and disorders. And I will finish on treatment and outcome.
Let's first look at the relationship between dysregulated eating and eating disorders on the one hand and obesity on the other. This is a bidirectional relationship, as can be seen on this diagram and as we will learn over the course of this lecture. So people who have dysregulated eating or eating disorders can develop obesity and people with established obesity can also develop dysregulated eating or eating disorders, which in turn may make their obesity worse. Now, what do we mean by dysregulated eating? The lay public talks about comfort eating and compulsive eating. The scientific literature mentions nibbling, grazing, snacking, night eating, but most prominently, binge eating and a variant of this, loss of control eating. And two eating disorders, both of which have binge eating as their key symptom are binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

Dysregulated eating behaviour, eating disorders and obesity

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