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Eating Disorders: Diagnosis

Eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in eating and eating-related behavior that results in significant health problems or impairments in psychosocial functioning. Primary eating disorder diagnoses include anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). The current entry reviews the diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the standard diagnostic system used in the United States, for each of these disorders. Eating disorder diagnoses are typically made via clinician interview, with the use of established diagnostic tools, such as the Eating Disorder Examination, or with other clinician-administered or self-report measures. Diagnosis of eating disorders presents with several challenges, including denial and minimization of symptoms, and difficulties ...

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