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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter examines the most representative pathological behaviors of the so-called feeding and eating disorders, with a particular attention to the psychopathological meaning of the different behaviors. These behaviors, including restrictive diet, binge eating, purging, or obsessive control of body shape are generally adopted to define the broad category of eating disorders. In particular, it is considered the trans-nosographic and dimensional approach to the eating disorder psychopathology, as most of the symptoms described in this chapter can be observed also in different psychopathological conditions. The chapter considers the subjective transformation in patients of the original meaning of food and alimentation into something negative and dangerous, adopting a phenomenological approach to eating disorders.

Keywords: feeding and eating disorders, body image, self-identity, binge eating, compensatory behaviors, emotional eating

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