Are trans diagnostic models of eating disorders fit for purpose? A consideration of the evidence for food addiction

Janet Treasure*, Monica Leslie, Rayane Chami, Fernando Fernández-Aranda

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Abstract

Explanatory models for eating disorders have changed over time to account for changing clinical presentations. The transdiagnostic model evolved from the maintenance model, which provided the framework for cognitive behavioural therapy for bulimia nervosa. However, for many individuals (especially those at the extreme ends of the weight spectrum), this account does not fully fit. New evidence generated from research framed within the food addiction hypothesis is synthesized here into a model that can explain recurrent binge eating behaviour. New interventions that target core maintenance elements identified within the model may be useful additions to a complex model of treatment for eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Early online date17 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Food addiction
  • Insulin
  • Neuroadaptation

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