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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Editor's E-Note
As clinicians and researchers continue to study and treat eating disorders, different manifestations of the disorders are emerging. While these behaviors are not yet considered diagnoses and are not included in the DSM, they are eating disturbances and subclinical eating issues that may be observed in a growing number of practices.

This month’s E-News Exclusive reviews some of the eating behaviors emerging in a culture with an increasing number of people obsessed with food, weight, and body image issues.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
Clinicians Prepared to Address Emerging Eating Disturbances
By Jennifer Van Pelt, MA

Every day we are bombarded by marketing messages about the best diet and the healthiest foods, with images of svelte celebrities touting the most effective way to lose weight.

As our society’s views on food and body image evolve so are the many ways that individuals perceive food, a healthy diet, and body type. Consequently, eating disorders and their manifestations are also evolving. The “official” clinical diagnoses of eating disorders have not yet changed; however, other eating disturbances are receiving attention.

Recent news articles have reported on new conditions that involve issues with food and body image. Two of the more common conditions are adult selective eating and orthorexia. Other proposed conditions include diabulimia, pregorexia, and drunkorexia.

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