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date: 04 March 2021

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This chapter reflects on core themes raised within this Handbook, which collectively reflect the state of the science in the eating disorder field. Such themes include the growing recognition of the complexity of eating disorders including their etiological underpinnings and the contributions of basic sciences to an understanding of processes underlying the expression of maladaptive eating patterns. The status of the prevention and treatment of these disorders as reflected in the literature to date is considered with questions raised about future progress. Looking toward the future, new technologies may offer opportunities to bring cost-effective evidence-based treatments to underserved populations. However, such opportunities bring with them new ethical and practical considerations. Also highlighted are potential areas for further research.

Keywords: genetics, pharmacogenetics, prevention, research, treatment, implementation, technology, etiology, risk factor, mechanism

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