Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

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15. Feeding & Eating Disorders

Learning Objectives

Differentiate among the most common feeding disorders affecting infants and young children.


Identify the main causes of feeding disorders and provide examples of evidence-based treatments for these



Differentiate among anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.


Explain how eating disorders vary as a function of age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES).

Outline some of the main causes of eating disorders ranging from genetic–biological factors to social–cultural


Critically evaluate inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for adolescents with eating disorders.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.


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Test Your Critical Thinking

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ARFID Treatment

This is the first of a series of excellent videos that describe the inpatient treatment of feeding disorders at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Pica Box

A pica box is a simple intervention that can help reduce inappropriate eating in children with developmental disabilities.


Lauren Greenfield's excellent documentary shows inpatient treatment for girls and young women AN and BN. This is a brief interview and summary of the film.

Learn More

APA Division 12: Information on Eating Disorders

Division 12 of the APA (Society of Clinical Psychology) has released an information sheet on eating disorders. The site has interesting links to other information throughout the web.

Feeding Disorder Treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a leading impatient treatment program for infants, toddlers, and young children with feeding disorders. You can learn about their program at this site.

Media and Internalization of the “Thin Ideal”

Almost all social-cultural explanations for the development of eating disorders implicate the media. This website, produced by PBS, describes a class activity in which students review images from their favorite magazines and determine the extent to which these images promote the socially-sanctioned thin ideal.

National Eating Disorders Association

The National Eating Disorders Association advocates on behalf of individuals and families affected by eating disorders. The organization campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders.

NIMH: Facts About eating Disorders

NIMH has published an online booklet about eating disorders. Their website also includes links to other information across the web.

Compute your BMI

This excellent calculator will allow you to calculate the Body Mass Index of a child, adolescent, or adult. You will need to install Java to run the calculator if you do not have it already. The site is maintained by the USDA and Baylor College of Medicine.