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date: 04 March 2021

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The epidemiology of eating disorders holds important clues for understanding factors that may contribute to their etiology. In addition, epidemiological findings speak to the public health significance of these deleterious syndromes. Information on course and outcome is important for clinicians to understand the prognosis associated with different disorders of eating and for treatment planning. This chapter reviews information on the epidemiology and course of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. In addition new information is reviewed for two forms of other specified eating or feeding disorder, purging disorder and night eating syndrome, which were introduced in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, fifth edition.

Keywords: anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, course, epidemiology, mortality, purging disorder, night eating syndrome

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